10 Healthy Eating Tips for Your 4th of July Cookout

Facebook0Twitter0Google+0Linkedin0E-Mail0Holidays are for celebrating and are meant to be enjoyed, but you don’t have to sacrifice your health every time you attend a cookout. These cookout survival tips can save you hundreds of calories you won’t even miss, keep your health goals on track, and prevent food allergies from derailing your festivities. Eat breakfast: You want to make sure that you start your day off with a well-balanced and filling breakfast.  Research has shown that breakfast eaters have good calorie management throughout the day and have healthier body weights. Use small plates: Research clearly shows that people who choose smaller plates and utensils eat less without even noticing it. The difference can be as substantial as 50% fewer calories consumed, yet everyone reports the same level of fullness and satisfaction. Try borrowing a plate from the kids table or the dessert tray. Eat slowly and mindfully: People who eat more slowly eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. Cookouts are a perfect opportunity to pace yourself as you mix and mingle with friends and family. The more you’re chatting, the less you’re eating. Sit with your family and friends to enjoy their company and enjoy a glass of ice-cold water with lemon and lime slices in it instead of lurking around the food table. Eat healthiest foods first: Fill half your plate with grilled veggies and fresh fruit to avoid overdoing it on the higher-calorie options. Plus fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, fiber and water to help fill you up and nourish your body! Salads are a great place to start because watery vegetables slow digestion and have very few calories. Try to choose something with protein as well, which will help you...

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