Be a Healthier Host: Cookouts

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, May 26, 2010

Healthy Cookout Tips

Want to host a cookout without busting a gut for bikini season? Use our tips and lightened-up versions of classic alfresco fare to throw a backyard bash that your guests will love and feel good about.


5 Ways To Keep the Calories Under Control

  • Go light on the apps. Pick only two starters so everyone doesn’t fill up — we like chicken wings and chips & salsa.
  • Drink responsibly. People tend to drink more when cooking out, especially if it’s hot. Have lots of ice–cold (and calorie-free) sparkling water and pitchers of lemon water at the ready.
  • Offer vegetarian options. Try grilled vegetable sandwiches or veggie burgers.
  • Serve fewer sides. Just like the apps, pick two favorite side dishes. This way your guests won’t be tempted to try six different things.
  • Save room for dessert! Serve small desserts like cookies or cupcakes along with a big fruit salad.

Meal Makeovers
Our made-over versions of picnic favorites are so good, no one will know they’re lightened up.

TELL US: How do you host a healthier cookout?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (3)

  1. Easy way to entertain your guests without spending a day or a fortune. If I were to choose a veggie burger to go with the cook out, I will definitely go for Amy’s All American Veggie Burger which scored 3 or so in one of your April posts. As you made the post, I checked on the Nutri info. With calcium, iron, Vit A and C at really high percentages, it could pass for a home made recipe. This is one of the few recipes I had seen rarely recommend the use of FILTERED WATER as part of the ingredients.

  2. These are just great to control the amount of calories in out food. Thanks for sharing.

  3. jjfitnessandwellbeing says:

    good advice for BBQ lovers as well. skewered vegetables on the BBQ? Oh yeah.

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