A holiday BBQ doesn't have to be about heavy pork and beef that will only pack on the extra pounds. Stay fit and eat like a champ during Memorial Day! Instead of all meat-based cooking, allow some room for seafood. Salmon and shrimp are great alternatives for holiday eating. Burgers and large slabs of meat will keep you bloated and uncomfortable with side effects of raised blood pressure. If meat is a must for the BBQ due to allergies, trimming off fat and skin on meat will cut calories as well as cutting in manageable portions will reduce how much is eaten. Utilizing turkey meat instead of a pork or beef sandwich will reduce calories as well.
BBQ sauces add on unnecessary calories and carbs with the sugar and salt content that it contains. Adding different spices like cumin, chili powder, lemon and pineapple juice, and agave will give you a refreshing and heart healthy choice for a BBQ! Soy sauce and chili garlic bring an Asian, tangy flare for all the spice lovers. Mouthwatering spice rubs can be balanced with brown sugar, sweet paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt, and olive oil.
An addition to fruit and vegetables to your plate will top it off! Adding a sweet and spicy slaw on the side or on a BBQ sandwich will add the perfect crunch. Shrimp or turkey breast kabobs will not only pair well with grilled tomatoes, onions, or peppers, but adding a sweet, tangy flavor like pineapples will leave a refreshing taste for more. If you have a sweet tooth like myself, mix up a red, white, and blue dessert with your favorite fruit. This simple recipe involves blending frozen bananas, coconut milk, peanut butter, and vanilla in a blender then top it off with strawberries and blueberries. This sweet treat has half the calories of regular ice cream, but has the same consistency with no dairy!