Labor Day is considered by many to be the end of the summer and is marked with one last get-together with friends and family before it’s back-to-school and the Autumn grind catches up to us. Most of these gatherings will be barbeques, where the tables are filled to the brim with food.
As a dieter, navigating through the food could be difficult, but here are some ways to keep your diet in mind while enjoying the holiday.
Be a snacker: Some do not like to eat before going to a barbeque so that they can maximize the amount of food they are able to eat once they get there. However, this can lead to overeating during your next meal. Before you go, eat a nutritious snack (think high protein snack for satiety) before you go.
Pile on the produce: Even if you have a burger or a hot dog, try using vegetables like zucchini, cucumbers, or sautéed mushrooms as toppings. And for dessert, instead of the cake or water ice, grab a fruit bar or a fruit pop. You will be adding flavor to your meal without the unneeded calories.
Watch what you drink: Drinks like soda and beer are popular, but unfortunately they add a lot of calories to your meal. Instead, replace these drinks with water, especially if you are outside all day in the heat and need something to be properly hydrated.
Keep portion size in mind: Don’t fill your plates with high-calorie pasta and potato salads, sides, and more. Make sure half your plate is of the fruit and vegetable variety!
Don’t be afraid to bring a healthy dish of your own, at the very least you are providing a healthy alternative for not only yourself but to your friends and family as well. If you have a dish in mind or other healthy Labor Day tips, leave a comment in the box below.