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Cut the Calories at Your Next Barbecue

For many of us, summer is all about barbecuing. You've probably been to several BBQ's already and summer's just getting started.

I love a good BBQ as much as the next girl, but all that food can really do a number on your waistline. -- So for easy ways to cut out a few calories at your next barbecue, all while still getting to enjoy the food you love


If you do this... Then you can subtract this...
Snack on pretzels instead of potato chips 70 calories
Feast on cut veggies, skip the ranch dip 120 calories
Skip the cheese portion of a cheeseburger, opt to top your burger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc. 100 calories
Load up on salads, just not the croutons 100 calories
Drink wine or light beer instead of frozen blended drinks like margaritas and pina coladas 50-100 calories
Skip granny's potato salad -- Opt for healthier sides such as corn on the cob 70 calories
Eat ice cream from a small cup -- Leave the waffle cones (and the mess) for the kids 90 calories
Have one s'more instead of two 200 calories

Fit's Tip: If you're heading to a friends for a summer barbecue, offer to bring something. This way you know there will be at least on thing healthy on the menu.

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Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
Those r great tips, I refuse to skip croutons on my salad though.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
I loveeeeeeee buffets! All you can eat! WAHOOO!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
thanks its good to see hwat cuttinga few things can do overall... one s'more is hard haha--- i think for me none ie easier
JessBear JessBear 10 years
We always do kabobs- lots of veggies and tofu, no need for cheese or a bun. And I'm pretty sure they way I like my corn- SMOTHERED in butter- isn't low calorie, so I'll stick with potato salad- just made with oil and vinegar instead of mayo. And hommade fruit sorbet for dessert! Yum!
krisua krisua 10 years
Good advice, I'm following most of them.
tickintime tickintime 10 years
I'd rather skip the idea of calorie counting during a bbq. The food is way to tasty.
meganekko meganekko 10 years
These are all very good in theory, but very difficult to actually do!
nancita nancita 10 years
Love the Fit Tip. I totally do that. But beware: If your friends are anything like mine, you will be made fun of. :)
SU3 SU3 10 years
We always grill different fruits such as apples, pears, pineapples for appetizers or dessert. A little brown sugar and lemon juice on peaches wrapped in foil and then grilled for 10 minutes is a great dessert! :DROOL:
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