The classic way to celebrate the anniversary of our nation is with plates piled high with cheese burgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, and potato salad, but unfortunately these aren’t the best foods for us. With just a few alterations to the menu, the holiday can be made happier and healthier for everyone.
1.) Substitute a mayonnaise salad with fruit- By swapping the mayonnaise salad (cole slaw or potato salad) for fruit you’re not only avoiding the high fat content food, but you’re adding more vitamins and nutrients to your meal. If you can’t resist the side salad, be sure to keep the portion sizes small to avoid over-indulging.
2.) Think twice about the hot dog- Instead of indulging in the processed hot dog, go for a grilled chicken breast. Chicken is a better source of lean protein, and your body will thank you for it!
3.) Go light with potato chips- Most food companies now have baked versions of their chips, so if you must have some chips with your BBQ try the lighter version and you’ll be sure to cut some calories.
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