Your Best Bets For A Beautiful BBQ!

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BBQ season is still going strong. Unfortunately, many of the items that you’re likely to find laid out aren’t usually the ones that contribute to our inner or outer beauty! Tweak your menu choices for healthier helpings with this guide to the best BBQ swaps.

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Turkey, veggie or even a slider burger

Instead of this!

Cheeseburger

Why?

1. Reduction in fat.
2. One slice of American cheese can add an extra 100 calories.
3. Choosing smaller portions (slider compared to a regular hamburger) can also cut 80—100 calories.

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Grilled, skinless chicken breast

Instead of this!

Hot dog

Why?

1. Less processed food equals less sodium.
2. Consuming a 3-ounce chicken breast instead of a hot dog cuts out around 500 mg of sodium.

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Coleslaw

Instead of this!

Potato Salad

Why?

1. Starchy potatoes impact blood sugar levels
2. Knocks out at least 50 calories, plus we tend to take smaller portions of coleslaw compared to potato salad.

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Green Salad

Instead of this!

Pasta Salad

Why?

1. Green salad is lower in calories and fat.
2. Food poisoning avoided. After two hours at room temperature, pasta salad, like many other foods on this list, hits the danger zone for foodborne illness.

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Corn on the cob

Instead of this!

French fries

Why?

1. Reduction of calories (200 less), less fat (14 g) and less sodium (165 mg).

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Vegetables and hummus

Instead of this!

Chips and dip

Why?

1. Obvious reduction of calories and sodium.
2. Increase in protein and fiber.
3. Serves up vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

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Fruit salad

Instead of this!

Strawberry shortcake

Why?

1. Reduction in calories (150 calories).
2. Many fruits are chock full of beauty vitamins.

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Fat-free Greek yogurt

Instead of this!

Whipped cream or sour cream

Why?

1. It's unprocessed, has more protein, and less fat per 1 ounce serving:
Greek yogurt: 20 cals, 0 fat, 3g of protein.
Whipped cream:100 cals, 10.5 g of fat, >1 g of protein.
Sour cream: 60 cals, 6 g of fat, 1 g of protein.

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Wine

Instead of this!

Full calorie beer

Why?

1. 4 oz. wine versus 12 oz. beer can be a 20-100 calorie difference.
2. Wine contains flavanoids which help heart health.

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Mustard

Instead of this!

Ketchup

Why?

1. Less sugar (7 grams of sugar or more in a ketchup serving).

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BBQ season is still going strong. Unfortunately, many of the items that you're likely to find laid out aren't usually the ones that contribute to our inner or outer beauty! Hopefully there will be enough options at your next outdoor shin dig though that allow you to make small improvements in your meal. Remember, little benefits in nutrition can go a long way.

Check out the slideshow above to read my guide to the best BBQ swaps.

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