Your BBQ doesn’t want you to read this…

Everyone loves a BBQ when the sunshine is out, however they aren’t always good for your beach body!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up the burgers just yet… Just follow our top tips,  tasty alternatives and lighter BBQ dishes for a healthier option that your BBQ probably doesn’t want you to know about…

Meat

Chicken is already pretty healthy for you to begin with and an easy way to reduce calories in your burger is to go for something leaner. Try burgers with 10% fat or less! Of course the healthiest thing to do with those burgers is to go veggie and try a falafel burger!

We also think you should try out barbecued prawns… All you need is a drizzle of lemon juice and pinch of salt and pepper, barbecue them for 2 minutes on each side or until golden and there you have it, a healthier meaty option.

Rolls
Sometimes you don’t need any bun! With juicy burgers and toppings why not try your burgers bun-less for a healthy option… Or for an even more nutritious option, slice a large tomato in half and put your burger and toppings inside!

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The Snack Table
Consider using sliced cucumber/carrot sticks for scooping up delicious and healthy homemade dips instead of crisps. Plus it only takes five minutes to make the chunky goodness that is salsa… finely dice 6 garden tomatoes, 1 jalapeno, ½ of a large sweet onion, 3 cloves of garlic and then add the juice of 1 lemon or lime, 1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves, a pinch of cumin and ½ a tsp of salt. It’s a much healthier option and your guests will definitely be thanking you for it.

Mayonnaise can be found in most of your snack table dishes. From Coleslaw to Potato Salad and Pasta Salad, and it is high in fat and calories! Instead, add your usual red and white cabbage and grated carrots as well as parsley/coriander and instead of mayonnaise you can use 2tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 100g of natural yoghurt and then season to taste… The perfect tasty alternative!

Condiments
DID YOU KNOW?
In a 15 gram serving of Heinz Tomato Ketchup there is 3.4g of sugar? If you have roughly 1tbsp of Ketchup, there is 1tsp of Sugar! Try to use it sparingly or consider making a tomato sauce yourself for a healthier option.

Drinks
Shop bought fizzy drinks usually come loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugar, so why not try a homemade lemonade? Simply squeeze lemon into water and add a natural sweetener!

Wine, beer, cider and spirits and all of our favourite BBQ drinks all contain a lot of calories – 7 calories per gram to be exact! So if you are watching your waistline this summer, skip the alcohol!

A few, tasty alternatives and lighter BBQ dishes for your summer gatherings will leave all of your guests wanting more.