While Memorial Day usually signifies the beginning of summer, Labor Day is generally a marker for the end of summer. But, summer is not gone yet! Before it’s over, you might want to have one more barbecue with your friends and family. In past articles, I’ve touched on some ways that you can make these parties healthier. In this article, I’ll give a few more tips to help you enjoy the time with your friends and family without straying too far from your healthy lifestyle.
Ultimately, having a cheat day here or there will not derail your plans to get healthier. However, if you have been changing your diet and getting more exercise so that you can live a healthier lifestyle, you probably don’t want to have a huge cheat day at a barbecue. Eating fatty, sugary, and heavy foods when you are not used to it probably won’t make you feel good. You might get nauseous, get a headache, or have a stomach ache. This could put a damper on your Labor Day party. So, making a few changes to eat healthier on Labor Day can improve your healthy lifestyle and make sure that you feel good at the party.
Just be aware of what you eat and check in with how you feel. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can also help you feel good throughout the day. Staying hydrated will fight off the adverse affects of being outside in the sun all day or drinking alcohol.
Labor Day Health Tips
If you will have some control over the food that is prepared at the barbecue, here are a few ways that you can make the options healthier:
- Grill lean meats. Include options such as fish and chicken breasts instead of the traditional, fattier options, such as burgers or ribs.
- Watch the sauce. Barbecue sauces and other sauces traditionally have a lot of sodium, fat, and sugar in them. If you use these sauces, consider making a healthier version. Also, don’t put too much sauce on your meats. This can reduce a lot of unhealthy food intake.
- Use a meat rack so that the fat drips away. While the meat juices can be very flavorful, they can also be fatty. Collect the drippings and you can make a sauce to go on the side with them. That way, people can add as much or as little as they want to their food.
- Watch the seasoning on your dishes. Similarly to sauces, go easy on the seasoning. Don’t add too much salt to your meat or side dishes. This is an easy way to control your sodium intake.
- Pay attention to the type of cheese that you use. Cheese on burgers and other dishes is a classic barbecue preparation. But, you can cut back on fat by paying attention to the type of cheese that you buy. Choosing low-fat options can be a small but substantial change.
These are just a few simple ways that you can make your Labor Day barbecue healthier. To share your own tips with us, please post a comment on our Facebook page.