Labor Day Weekend, the fun, the sun, the food the fat!
Perhaps, you’re stressing a little about your diet and you think, “but it’s a holiday, this is the time to let go and indulge!”
Sure right, however, the problem with America is that there are far too many excuses to indulge. We have been conditioned to believe that a holiday or special occasion should include an over indulgence in high fat, high sugar, high calorie junk foods. When does the madness stop?
The vicious cycle
After Labor Day comes someone’s birthday, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, holiday parties and holiday celebrations. It’s no wonder the average American gains 8 or more pounds by January. Sure, you can lose it, but as we get older it gets more and more difficult to lose that extra weight we’ve gained from the “occasional” celebratory foods we indulge in.
Creating change for your kids
If you are a parent, doesn’t it make sense to teach your kids a new way of celebrating life now before they get hooked on the same unhealthy belief?
Thankfully, contrary to popular belief having a healthy celebration does not mean giving up tasty, hearty, fun foods, it just means learning how to tweak a few favorites by following these suggestions.
Have your burger and eat it too
Choose grassfed beef burgers over regular beef burgers. Grassfed beef was around far before grain fed beef was. Grain fed beef became popular to quickly fatten up the cows for mass consumption. The only problem is grain fed beef also fattens us up too. Grassfed beef is leaner, more nutritious, tasty and has less fat and calories than commercial skinless, chicken thighs. Go a step further in making your burger lowfat and healthy by combining grassfed beef with white meat turkey and toss it on the grill.
Hot digity dogs
Replace commercial hotdogs with grassfed beef dogs, turkey dogs or chicken dogs and serve on whole wheat buns, gluten free buns or even try having some hotdogs on a plate without the bun smothered in chili or with lowfat hotdog toppings you many find you won’t miss the bun at all.
Rather than making your coleslaw with mayo, you can make an amazing crowd pleaser using Greek yogurt and olive oil. Simply mix one cup of lowfat Greek yogurt in a large bowl, add salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of honey and whisk it all together while slowly drizzling in olive oil till creamy smooth and add a bag of pre shredded coleslaw, mix together till combined and season with more salt and pepper to taste.
Red potato salad
Red potatoes are healthier than regular baking potatoes. To make a healthy red potato salad: cut 1 pound of red potatoes into cubes and add to a pot of boiling salted water and boil till soft yet slightly firm, drain and let cool. In a large bowl add juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper to taste, whisk together and drizzle in olive oil while whisking till creamy smooth, toss in the cooled potatoes with chopped green onions and frozen and defrosted green peas. Sprinkle in some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and more salt and pepper to taste.
Make lowfat desserts
Summer time is berry season, make use of fresh berries by whipping up a fresh batch of whipped cream without the sugar or with just a touch of sugar or Stevia and serve it with berries topped with a little bit of crushed gram crackers or gluten free cookies and a small shaving of dark chocolate. Drizzle with a little raw honey for added sweetness.
Make better choices
Have baked corn chips with salsa
Bring a large veggie salad to a bbq
Make a lowfat chili
Have an abundance of fresh cut fruits and veggies for the kids
Substitute lowfat Greek yogurt for sour cream
Substitute lowfat Greek yogurt mixed with olive oil for mayo
By making simple switches to your normal bbq favorites, you and your guests will still enjoy the hearty flavors of Labor Day and your kids will learn better eating habits for the future.
Happy Labor Day!
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