September 7, 2015

Recipe for Healthy BBQ Substitutions

It's a holiday weekend which means party time!! You can still have fun at your BBQ while giving your body the good food it deserves. It's all about simple substitutions and easy modifications. It's important to give your body rest days from working out, just don't forget to stay active! Set a great example for your friends by taking your favorite healthier snack to your parties!
Here are 3 tips to make your holiday a healthier one:
1. Make simple food substitutions. It's super simple to make your BBQ healthier. Simple changes like making a turkey burger instead of an all beef patty, use whole wheat sandwich thins instead of a thick white bun, make sweet potato fries instead of eating greasy french fries, and drink flavored water instead of soda. These small substitutions will leave you with more energy and feeling great! {Below I've included the recipe for my very favorite Southwest Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries. Enjoy!!}
2. Stay active: With 3 kids home today I probably wont get a chance to get a full workout in but that doesn't mean I'll be laying on the couch or cooped up all day. We've already had a walk to the park and will be swimming later. Walk your dog, take a run with some friends, go on a bike ride... do something outside and stay active!
3. Bring your own "treats" to the party! This just might be the secret solution if you are prone to eating lots of sweets at parties. Take your own favorite healthy snack. My favorites are peanut butter protein bars, fruit skewers, loaded rice krispie treats (with life cereal and pretzels!) or a veggie tray with your favorite dip. By bringing something you love that isn't going to break your healthy lifestyle, you're allowing yourself to enjoy a treat that you can guarantee to keep you feeling on top of your game.

Southwest Turkey Burger (Serves 4)
10 oz lean ground turkey
1/2 cup salsa
1/3 cup canned corn
1/3  cup black beans
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Combine ingredients and form into a patty. Grill or broil until cooked through. Serve on whole wheat sandwich thins with lettuce, onion, tomato & avocado.

Sweet Potato Fries:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice medium sweet potato and spray with olive oil cooking spray until coated. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15 minutes. t/urn slices to allow for even crisping. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Optional: add garlic seasoning & sea salt. Enjoy!!

Hope these tips help you have an amazing & healthy Labor Day!!

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