The weather’s getting warmer, which means that it’s well and truly barbecue season. However, for some people, barbecues aren’t a dream come true. It’s delicious, but most barbecues aren’t exactly.
However, it is possible to host a barbecue that your guests and your health will appreciate. Ideally, your guests won’t even notice. Here are some tips to help you to stay healthy this summer without sacrificing a delicious barbecue.
- Switch Out Meats
Usually, the meat is the king of the barbecue. However, the most common barbecue meats, burgers and sausages, are particularly high in saturated fats. Sausages and other processed meats can also contain a lot of salt. While you don’t have to cut out processed meats entirely, it’s worth it to switch out most of the meat for a healthier protein.
For example, chicken breasts or even thighs are lower in saturated fats and, depending on the marinade, lower in salt. Breasts are leaner, but thighs can handle high heats better, making them easier to cook. Another option is to barbecue a whole fish. Barbecued fish is delicious and generally better for you.
- Dial Down the Bread
Along with the meat, many people eat their burgers and sausage in buns. However, burger and hot dog buns are often high in sugar and, as you’d expect, they add up. Instead of serving a huge platter of buns, consider cutting down on the bread or switching out some of it for pita bread.
If you switch out the meat, people will miss their bread far less. Skewered barbecued chicken doesn’t ask for a bun in the same way as a burger.
- Exciting Veggie Options
As well as adding healthier options for the bread and meat, add plenty of vegetarian options for people to enjoy. Too many barbecues either have no veggie options, or the vegetables are related to a sad salad with limp lettuce and uninspiring tomatoes.
Instead, offer your guests a variety of options, and make sure that they’re delicious and interesting to eat. There are so many different types of salad that you can make to go with your barbecue, so provide a few bowls of the stuff. Grill up some marinated veggies as well, and you might find that people fill up on deliciously prepared vegetables.
- Make Condiments and Marinades Yourself
Another thing barbecues are famous for is condiments. Condiments tend to be full of sugar and fat, that’s what makes them so delicious. But if you make them yourself, you can control what you put in. For example, you can use a barbecue sauce recipe and alter it to suit your taste.
As well as making condiments, it’s worth it to make marinades, dips, and salad dressings yourself. Making these things at home isn’t just healthier, they’re also far more delicious than options at the grocery store. Not only that, most of them aren’t that difficult or time consuming to make. Do them in advance, then just put them out with the rest of the food and be ready to impress.Hi I'm glad your here! I love to cook, bake and try new recipes. I enjoy food photography and reviewing products. Hope you enjoy my recipes, thanks for visiting! Sheila