With summer right around the corner it’s time to celebrate National BBQ Week. 2 in 3* homes in the UK own a BBQ Grill, and as soon as the temperatures start to rise, the grills are fired. During this time men will don their most novel aprons and if you’re really quiet you can hear the gentle fizz of lemonade as it starts to fill the Pimms jugs.
Staying on track with your diet while all of your family and friends are tucking into burgers, hot dogs and your auntie’s potato salad might not be easy, but it’ll definitely be worth it when you can still zip up your shorts tomorrow.
Firstly, try spicing up your daily protein allowance. There are so many herbs and spices to choose from the possibilities are endless. Never again will you have to look sadly down at a bare chicken breast, instead let your plate come alive with epic flavours. Why not try smoked paprika for Mexican vibes? A bit of five spice and ground ginger will take your taste buds to Asia and back. Indian curry spices taste awesome on barbecues (and with so many different varieties you’ll be spoilt for choice!).
For the more traditional among you, classic herbs like coriander, thyme and rosemary are incredible for bringing out the flavours in meat and work so well on barbeques. Why not try a little squeeze of lemon or lime too (lime tastes amazing with chilli flakes – lemon totally zings with ginger too!).
Don’t just stick to chicken either, your protein allowance could come from turkey, Quorn, white fish or prawns – so many exciting options you should never feel like you’re missing out!
You could also mix up rainbow coloured kebab skewers with your vegetable allowance alongside your protein or make yourself a lovely fresh side salad to accompany your barbecued delights.
For those with a milk allowance you could whip yourself up a lovely dip to top your BBQ feast, simply add some chopped chives or mint to plain low fat (1%) yoghurt (amount according to your Step, check with your Consultant), yum!
Lastly… steer clear of that dodgy looking trifle or the calorie-laden ice creams being handed around, and mix yourself up a CWP friendly dessert – choose from Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon and Lime Cheesecake, Trifle, Ice Lollies or Jelly! They’re all so tasty that everyone will be begging you for a bite!
Let us know your favourite herb and spice combos for spicing up your meals below…
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