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How to Survive BBQ Season on a Diet

July 15, 2016

How to Survive BBQ Season on a Diet - Staying on track with your diet while all of your family and friends are tucking into burgers, hot dogs is tough. Find out how to stay on track... Shake It Up by Cambridge Weight Plan
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.

So how can you still enjoy BBQ season without straying from Plan? We’ve got some great ideas for mixing it up and spicing up your daily food allowances

How to Survive BBQ Season on a Diet - Staying on track with your diet while all of your family and friends are tucking into burgers, hot dogs is tough. Find out how to stay on track... Shake It Up by Cambridge Weight Plan
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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Rachel sullivan July 22, 2016 - 6:20 am

Love her or cajun chicken. Mix with garlic & a splash of lemon juice and Worcester sauce. Yum

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Shake It Up July 22, 2016 - 9:27 am

Sounds delicious!

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Ann ramsay July 26, 2016 - 10:38 pm

Coat chicken in yoghart curry powder and cook in BBQ best butterfly try mint cucumber and yoghart dip too

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Shake It Up July 27, 2016 - 9:22 am

Great idea!

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Moreno August 3, 2016 - 10:30 am

Lovely idea

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Kim Stock August 7, 2016 - 12:54 pm

If you are lucky enough to have a GOOD local butcher, you can get chicken breast mince, and you can turn it into burgers with the aid of a burger press 🙂

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Jodie J Martinez September 8, 2016 - 2:01 pm

My favourite on the BBQ is either steak seasoned well with paprika and a little chilli OR Chicken Breast butterflied so it’s thin and marinated in Garam Masala. Yummy!!

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Shake It Up September 9, 2016 - 10:44 am

Both sound DELICIOUS!

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