Tip One: Watch your condiments and try some new creative toppings
Sometimes what we add to our food can double or triple the calories before we know it. Be mindful of full fat salad dressings, mayo based dips and sweet sticky sauces. These tend to be the biggest culprits. I suggest trying some flavorful but lower calorie options. These might include mustard which has lots of variations. Or maybe some pickled veggies like red peppers or kimchi.
If you tend to overdo the dressing on your salad, try keeping them on the side for better control. You can also lower the calories by making your own dressings at home using oil and vinegar and adding larger amounts of vinegar to the mix.
Tip Two: You may end up drinking more calories than you eat
Your average non-alcoholic cocktail at a party will run from 100-300 calories. Alcoholic beverages can run even higher. A Pina Colada for example can have as many calories as a Big Mac. If you are worried about the possible weight gain, try to focus on lower calorie beverages. Use calorie free mixes like club soda. You can also make lower sugar versions of your favorite drinks like iced tea in your own kitchen very easily.
If you find drinking water boring, try chopping up fresh fruit or cucumber and adding them to the pitcher for a nice change.
Tip Three: Grilling is more than burgers and hot dogs
While these options are tasty, they are also not very healthy. Get creative with other lean ground meats. Turkey and chicken can work well as burgers with the addition of some creative spices. Bean burgers are also becoming popular! Shish-kabobs can help you add some much needed vegetables to your meals as well as grilled meat.
Get creative with lots of tasty combinations like chicken, pineapple and peppers or beef, tomatoes and onions. Grilling vegetables can make a great side for you BBQ and help change things up from just salad.
Tip Four: Try grilling fruit for a delicious low calorie dessert
We all want something sweet at the end of a meal, but it can add up fast. Grilling seasonal fruits adds an extra sweetness to them. You can serve them with a little whipped cream for extra decadence.
Fruits that grill very well include peaches, pineapple, pears, apples and bananas. You can do smaller fruits if you have the proper grilling pan with small holes to prevent them from falling through. One of my personal favorite fruit desserts is grilled strawberries with a dash of balsamic vinegar mixed with orange rind. It sounds strange but it tastes amazing!