Who doesn't love a day off in the middle of the summer to get together with friends and family to celebrate? BBQ’s usually start early in the day but the party never ends until after the fireworks so the number one tip is to pace yourself! Don’t show up hungry and start stuffing yourself with the chips and dips the moment you get there. Two reasons why you should offer to bring an appetizer to the BBQ. First of all, you get the “good friend” credit with the offer and second, you ensure there will be some healthy snacks available.
The 4th of July is the ultimate hang out and play holiday, so be sure to join in a beach volleyball game or lead everyone in a game of tag football. Throw a frisbee in your bag, or pick up one of those bean bag toss games...just don’t turn it into a drinking game because it all goes back to tip #1, pace yourself.
Remember, a can of beer has about 150 calories and 13 g of carbs and they go down pretty quickly on a hot day! But, three of those and “BAM,” you've loaded yourself up in more ways than one. That heavy, bloated and gassy feeling is from the carbonation and that sloppy drunk thing in the middle of the day isn't worth it either.
Use common sense and stick to the 4th of July “food pyramid!” Vegetables can be eaten in unlimited amounts. Add your protein during a reasonably sized meal as you settle into the celebration, like, a burger, some ribs or chicken from the grill. Go easy on the chips, pretzels, cookies and brownies that are always in abundance at these parties. Drink a bottle or a glass of water in between those cocktails, helpful hydration in more ways than one.
Be safe, have lots of fun, eat for your health and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!