John Basedow: Barbeques are a popular warm weather activity, but the traditional foods can wreak havoc on your waistline. Every once in a while was fine, but most barbeque friendly fair should be avoided. Here are the top barbeque foods you should avoid and what you can replace them with for a healthier meal.
Instead of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, opt for grilled chicken or veggie burgers. Both have less fat and sodium than hot dogs and hamburgers. Go heavier on the veggies to make your meal even healthier.
Butter slathered corn and mayonnaise rich potatoes are delicious, but they are dangerous. Avoid the fat and go with bean side dishes instead. Beans are packed with protein and compliment any barbeque.
Calories in alcoholic beverages can add up quickly, especially if you enjoy frozen drinks or high sugar, high fat mixtures. To keep your waistline under control, limit yourself to just one drink or forego drinking entirely. Treat alcohol like dessert, you wouldn't eat an entire cake for dinner, so how is six beers at a 100 calories each any different.
Desserts can be a major downfall to any diet; excessive sweets can pack on as much fat as an entire day's worth of meals. Why not choose a healthier dessert of fresh fruit instead. Water melon, citrus fruits and berries will satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds.
The next time you head to a barbeque, plan to avoid the worst offending foods. Every time you slip into that bathing suit, you'll thank yourself for taking control of what you eat.