Planning to grill outdoors for Memorial Day? Here are some tips for how to cut back on calories as you plan your menu:
Swap a hamburger for a turkey burger. A typical 4 oz. beef hamburger on a regular bun with one slice of cheese and 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise adds up to 620 calories. Swap the traditional burger for a 4 oz. turkey burger in a lettuce wrap with 1 Tbsp of ketchup and a low-fat cheese slice and save 410 calories.
Consider lean cuts of meat for the grill. Lighter fare includes: chicken (without skin), lean ground meat, flank steak, pork tenderloin, or low-fat sausage. Just choosing turkey sausage over Italian sausage saves 100 calories savings per 4 oz. serving (176 calories versus 288 calories).
Replace meat with veggies. Grilled vegetables or vegetable kabobs with a brushed-on marinade are great addition to your plate, or can replace the meat altogether. They add color, fiber, vitamins and nutrients. The leftovers can be thrown into a whole grain pita for a super fast and healthy lunch, which you can bring to the office.
Go super-lean for that desired six-pack: A grilled shrimp or scallop kabob, fish fillet, or fish wrapped in a foil pouch fills you with tons of satisfying, metabolism-boosting protein, without any excess fat.
Swap Cole Slaw and Potato Salad for Veggie Salad. Eat twice the portion and save 200 calories and 23 grams of fat. Regular Cole Slaw (3/4 cup serving) = 150 calories and 11 grams of fat. Potato Salad (1/2 cup serving) = 230 calories and 13 grams of fat. As an alternative, a Mixed Green Salad (1 1/2 cups) = 33 calories and zero fat. Add 1 Tablespoon low fat dressing = additional 18 calories, .5 - 1 gram of fat.