Eating Healthy at a Bar-B-Q
Sides Aim for baked potato chips instead of fried. Baked tortilla chips, a whole grain, are great in moderation. Try them with salsa (very low in calories!) or guacamole (rich in monounsaturated fat).
If French fries are more up your alley, try baked sweet potato “fries.” Sweet potatoes provide added fiber and antioxidants (namely Vitamin A) and make for a tasty alternative. More of a potato salad fan? “Healthify” the traditional mayonnaise-based dish by making it with vinaigrette dressing to lighten the calorie load. Similarly, opt for lighter coleslaw by going with either a low-fat mayonnaise or even a vinaigrette dressing; cabbage is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and B. Baked Beans are a great source of fiber and protein. If you are seeking to limit your sodium intake, try a low-sodium variety.
Extras Bring on the veggies. Once you have that sizzling burger on your plate, top it with fresh greens (the darker, the better), tomato slices, mushrooms, peppers, roasted zucchini or any of your favorite vegetables. Whole-wheat buns or rolls are a great option for incorporating whole grains and subsequently fiber into a summer feast. Low-sodium condiments are an option for those trying to consume less salt.
Dessert A staple of summer bar-b-qs, watermelon is loaded with antioxidants. Fresh or frozen berries also supply antioxidants and are sensational alone or sprinkled atop angel food cake.
Warm olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add chili powder and cayenne; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add ketchup, molasses, soy sauce and 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, until sauce has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes. Place 1/2 cup sauce on a plate. Coat both sides of chicken breasts with sauce. Grill about 7 to 8 minutes per side, cooking to 165?F (use a meat thermometer). Remove from grill; top with extra sauce and serve.Source:www.skinnytaste.com