The biggest barbecue holiday of the year is just around the corner. It’s one of my favorite holidays as it’s full of family, friends, fireworks and, of course, lots and lots of food. Fortunately, all that food doesn’t have to lead to regret and hours at the gym! I have a few tricks I use at my own events which help me from feeling deprived and worrying about the swimsuit body I worked hard for. My 4 tricks are:
Flavored Water. Instead of a sugar filled lemonade, I have a wonderful concoction that tastes light and refreshing without all that sugar. In a pitcher, add purified water, 5 slices of lemon, 10 strawberries and ice. The flavor is great and gives you a dose of vitamin C. Win-win!
Melon bowls Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are all in season and very affordable. Water dense, sweet and cool on a hot summer day, melons are a great snack you can eat all day long with absolutely no guilt. If you get the kind of watermelon with seeds in it, you can have an old fashioned seed spitting contest and see who can spit them the farthest. Not the most hygienic but loads of fun for all ages.
Vegetable Platter with Hummus This is always a huge hit at parties and always the first to disappear. Strips of bell peppers, slices of cucumber, raw cauliflower and broccoli, grape tomatoes, raw green beans and baby carrots with a filling and tasty hummus dip. If you or friends don’t like hummus, try a greek yogurt based ranch dip instead of mayo. Lower calorie and a good dose of protein too.
Veggie Kabobs Not one to miss out on the flavor of barbecue, I LOVE barbecued veggie kabobs. Cut all vegetables of choice into 1 in size pieces, keeping them as close to the same size as possible, marinade them for at least an hour then place on kabob sticks and grill each side for 4 minutes for a total of 8 minutes. These are a great side with burgers, steak and chicken…or just by themselves!
My Citrus Cilantro Vegetable Marinade
- 4 tbsp Avocado Oil
- juice of 3 limes and 1 lemon
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- Mix well. In a gallon size ziplock bag, put all your cut up veggies and pour in marinade. Shake really well and lay flat in fridge for an hour.
Enjoy your holiday and keep that swimsuit body.