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How to Stay Slim at a Barbecue

I know you’re all headed out to some barbecues this weekend. Enjoy them! There is no reason why you can’t have a good time, enjoy some good food, and stay slim. Here’s how to do it.

Bring a Dish

You never know what there’s going to be at the barbecue, so it can’t hurt to make sure you’re prepared. Try impressing your friends by bringing in a guiltless Caesar salad for everyone to share. It will serve as a great conversation piece and will keep you from wolfing down a greasy potato salad.

Alternate Drinks

For every drink of alcohol that you have, make sure that you also have a glass of water. And make sure you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day—it will help you eliminate any pieces of junk you might be eating!

Start Off With a Salad

If you’re going to be eating a burger or hot dog, make sure you eat a green salad first. That way, your body will get some natural digestive enzymes and you will be better able to portion control how much meat you eat.

One Plate

I know when I go to a barbecue my natural tendency is to start off with a small plate and slowly refill it. This is a way to sneakily pack on the pounds and the calories! Instead, fill up your plate at the beginning and eat slowly, taking breaks to catch up with friends, help at the grill, and enjoy good company.

Hope this helps you at your next barbecue. ENJOY!

Guiltless Caesar Salad

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!! During a holiday when you’re going to be surrounded by temptation, it’s always a good idea to bring a guiltless dish to share at that family party or barbecue. And who doesn’t love the taste of a good Caesar salad? It’s crunchy enough to make you feel like you’re having a nutritious meal but has a whole lot of creamy decadence. Unfortunately, conventional Caesar salads are full of mucus-forming dairy, high sodium, and gluten-filled croutons. Yuk! Here’s an alternative that I like to make when I’ve really got a creamy craving.

Time: About 15 minutes

Ingredients (I don’t measure out portions precisely, so you may want to play around with the measurements)

2 cups of kale, romaine, or spinach
1 handful of crushed Mary’s Gone Crackers (to replace croutons!)
1/4 cup of kalamata olives
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
1 clove of garlic
3 tablespoons of tahini
the juice of one lemon
1-2 drops of liquid stevia
1 tablespoon of namu shoya or gluten-free tamari
1 tablespoons of olive oil
a pinch of salt

Salad Dressing

Whisk or blend tahini, lemon, olive oil, namu shoya/gluten-free tamari, and a drop of stevia.

Grated Nut “Cheese” (optional) 

Mix pine nuts, garlic, and sea salt  in a food processor.

Mix in all ingredients, making sure the dressing touches all parts. Add the nut cheese on top for taste. Enjoy!