You cannot spend a more typical Vancouver summer day than having all the friends and family over for a delicious barbecue feast to celebrate the sun, the view, and the great time. Bad news! Some barbecue party (although undeniably fun and crazy), may jeopardize your weight losing plan. Do not worry, here is your golden keys to satisfy both of your belly, your tongue, and your weight watcher.
The plan we provide is simple, practical, and definitely “pain-free”; with just a switch of your barbecue ingredients, time, and method, you can always keep your barbecue relatively delicious and healthy.
Choose the right oil and seasoning
Oil and seasoning are the foundation stone of your meal; therefore, it is wise to choose the right one to aid you to maintain a healthy body weight by increasing your metabolism, shrinking fat tissue and suppressing your appetite.
One way you can do this is by choosing healthier vegetable oils for cooking and preparing food for your barbecue party. There are a number of commonly considered healthy cooking oils that benefit your weight losing plan: canola oil, olive oil, corn oil, soybean oil and even coconut oil. To explain, these vegetable oils are famous for less calorie. Another advantage of choosing these oils is that it does better your heart by replacing bad fats, such as saturated fat and trans-fat, with healthier fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).
Of course, different type of oil has different qualities that make it better for various uses. However, for barbecue activity, you can try to blend or combine several types of oil together. If you are barbecuing something, you may want to pick an oil with a neutral flavor and a high smoke point to ensure a perfect texture and nutrition storage.
Also, if budget allows, you can even opt for avocado, grape-seed, rice bran and sesame oil, which are more refined because their heat-sensitive impurities are often removed through chemical processing, but may cost a bit more or be harder to find.
Another element that requires adjustment to match up with your weight losing plan is spices! There are so many obesity-fighting herbs and spices to offer nowadays on the market.
For a starter, switch your ordinary sweetener to cinnamon sugar. Cinnamon sugar gives you a nice light fruity taste with less calorie. More importantly, it also has impressive benefits for blood sugar regulation by increasing glucose metabolism, making it an ideal seasoning for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Secondly, use black pepper when marinating your meat to add a bit spicy taste; black pepper contains a substance called piperine (胡椒碱), which not only gives it its pungent flavor, but also blocks the formation of new fat cells.
Due to the limited space of the article, we are unable to introduce all these good ingredients one by one. Nevertheless, make your own salad dressings or dips, adding cider vinegar, garlic, mustard, lemon juice and disease-fighting antioxidants containing herbs like basil or parsley, this is much better than store produced barbecue sauce.
Choose the right meat
Meat is a valuable source of protein and other nutrients, and the central focus of many meals. No matter which type of cuisine you are preparing for your family, it is highly unlikely to avoid the usage of meat (of course, unless you are vegetarian). Therefore, it is wise to ensure that the meat you serve is not harvested from animals that ate grains and were pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to make them grow faster. Grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, lambs that are allow to roam around in the countryside are indeed considered ideal type of meats. To sum up, animals are healthiest when raised in their natural environment, and only by choosing these artificial fodder-free meats will you avoid the negative effects of excess hormones and antibiotics.
Fish is also an excellent source of lean protein, a high intake of which is also thought to contribute to weight loss. This may be due to the fact that fish is generally lower in calories than the red meat. If one replace the animal meat with fish meat in his daily intakes, for the same amount of calories, he would soon find out that he is able to consume a larger portion of fish meat than red meat, which consequently would make him feel fuller for a longer period of time.
Salmon is particularly healthy, as it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for the brain, heart and various other parts of the body.
Green Tea instead of Coke
Change the coke and beer in your barbecue combo to a cup of cooling green tea. One of the inspiring facts about drinking green tea is that you can served it either in cold or hot, its function that benefits your body would not change, which make it the perfect beverage for a heated barbecue party.
Green tea is perhaps the healthiest beverage on the planet! It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that play an important role in anti-aging. Also, caffeine generated by drinking green tea is a well-known stimulant that has been shown to aid fat burning and improve exercise performance. It is fair to say that green can help elevate your metabolic rate and make you burn more calories. Finally, it gives you a taste of refreshment which discourage your from having more amount of barbecue serving or wanting desert.
However, please notice that we are talking about those unflavored pure green tea here. Artificial flavored teas, such as pomegranate green tea or cranberry green tea, contain more sugar that may become a burden to your digestion system.
More veggie and fruit
Enlarge the percentage of vegetable in your barbecue feast is always the simplest method to stay green. One way to realize this — Kebabs!
Kebabs are a great idea for barbecues as they can be prepared ahead of time and cook quickly on the grill, and thus absorb less oil and tastes less greasy. Furthermore, research shows that many vitamins and minerals when eaten together provide maximum boost of nutrition, such as iron and vitamin C, therefore, try to spear as many healthy veggies or fruits in between the meats.
Preparing kebabs can be as simple as mixing lean meat, chicken breast, prawns or fish together with some fresh summer veggie or fruit. Simply put your chosen combination onto skewers, brush with a little marinade or secret sauce and grill over the barbecue until the meat is cooked and tender and the vegetables are roasted and charred around the edges.
There are some classic combination of meat and veggie, for example, pineapple and ham, zucchini and shrimp, and even sweet corn and chicken breast. However, the beauty of kebabs is that you get to work out your imagination. It is fun to get creative with various meat and fruit, and you may just invent your own master recipe.
When it comes to side dish, goes for something green and “naked”; skip the fatting dressing and extra nuts in your salad. In this way, your salad can remain very low in calorie and an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Overall, barbecue season can be challenging to your health. But with these useful tips, you can always navigate your consumption and make the right choices.