Every summer, in true traditional British style, as soon as the temperatures start to peak over 15 degrees, the coals come out, the BBQ grills are fired, men don their most novel aprons and if you’re really quiet you hear the gentle fizz of lemonade as it starts to fill the Pimms jug.
Staying on track with your diet while all of your family and friends are tucking into burgers, hot dogs and your granny’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 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, five spice or ground ginger will take your taste buds to Asia and back, Indian curry spices taste awesome on barbecues (and 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 kebab skewers with your vegetable allowance alongside your protein or 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 Lemon and Lime Cheesecake for your dessert, it’s so tasty that everyone will be begging you to share…
Let us know your favourite herb and spice combos for spicing up your meals below…
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