Avoid letting the family cookout ruin all the hard work you’ve put into eating right – get some weapons to take into the battle this weekend!
My favorite trick: fill my plate up with (unprocessed) meats and nibble from that plate for a while. The protein makes me feel full faster and helps me stay full longer. Being full makes it easy to pass up the other temptations. It’s easy to compensate for the extra protein calories by moving around, standing, etc..
Take me to the next phase
One treat is hard for me to resist: upgraded hot dogs! This link has some of my favorite recipes. The good part – eat one or two of them and you are done eating for a while! If you are the host, upgraded hot dogs will glam-up your cookout – guaranteed!
Grilled Hot Dogs Upgrades (my favorites are #2 and #4, of course with a little Bear Cave flava to trick ’em out!)
If you want to add a little class with some non-traditional dishes, check out this link (the shrimp dish is my favorite “must-try”):
Eating smart is easy when you develop a taste for great substitutions. Some of my fav tricks: substituting pepper for salt, or mixing ground beef with ground poultry when making burgers, and then putting the cooked patties on “sandwich thins” instead of buns, or substituting Greek yogurt where most people would use mayo. Find more here:
Nothing kills the vibe at a get-together like the meatless person who complains the whole time that there’s nothing meatless on the menu! Be a good host and remember the guests who are meatless!
Don’t sweat the technique
The vegetarian/vegan will probably try to kill the vibe by talking about the amount of carcinogens found in grilled meat. You can have your argument ready: explain why you put the BBQ sauce on AFTER the meat comes off the grill, and how the (homemade) marinade and the (homemade) herb rub you used actually cut the carcinogens in YOUR meats by 99%–
…then, talk about how your grilling technique includes steps recommended by the National Cancer Institute–
…and patiently explain why you use your grill as an oven (“indirect cooking”) instead of flame-torching all the meat:
Keep an eye on the time after all the cooking is done. Cooked food should be put away after ___ hours. The answer here:
BONUS: Make your cookouts the coolest on the block by introducing a little high-tech flavor: