Memorial Day Healthy BBQ Swaps As Seen On Fox Chicago

Confused about what to avoid vs what to eat at your next BBQ? Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is here to share with us easy replacements for your favorites, including healthier and less fattening meats, desserts, chips, dips, and more!

Be a conscious consumer when you’re at those holiday weekend parties. When you go for the alcoholic drink, instead of using mixers of pop or juice, try flavored water, sparkling water, watermelon water, or plain water and adding your own lemon or lime juice to it! This trick will help you cut down on your sugar intake while still enjoying a drink.

When getting your protein in with meats, try a healthier relish to flavor your protein, like Slawsa. It has no preservatives, and significantly less sodium than ketchup and dill relish. Another protein option is to grab the grilled wings, instead of fried wings. Chicken wings are really popular and it’s likely that you’ll be able to find them grilled or baked, instead of fried.

For chips, make your own with sweet potatoes! You can slice them up and bake them in your oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. This is a great alternative for regular potato chips that are loaded with salt and oils.

When looking to buy dips for your party, try making your own with greek yogurt and herbs. You’ll eliminate all the unnecessary additives and preservative this way, and can flavor the dip just how you like it! Another great option for a dip is a flavored hummus that you can dip vegetables into.

Desserts can be traps when you’re having fun at parties at want something a little sweet. Instead of going for the puddings and cakes, try making fruit kabobs and have some nuts on the side with them. A great way to add a little extra protein with your sweet treat!

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