Summer in Michigan is amazing. We wait so long for those 3 glorious months of fun in the sun. Summer provides us with the opportunity to be more active, whether it’s biking, swimming, going for a walk or even participating in one of My Stronger Self’s outdoor boot camps. BUT, summer can also mean more picnics, parties, and ultimately eating too much of the wrong foods. There is nothing like having friends and family over for a barbeque on a nice sunny day. The problem is many barbeque meals consist of fatty food such as burgers, hot dogs, creamy salads, etc. Here are some alternatives you can try that will let you have a great meal, stay healthy and fit and look fabulous in that new bathing suit you bought this year.
If you love the taste of burgers on the grill (I do!) try a buffalo burger. Buffalo meat is 98% fat free and has high levels of essential minerals. Season your buffalo burger with a little season salt, cut up some onion, tomato, avocado, put it on a whole wheat bun and you got a great burger. Eat with some grilled veggies and now you have a great meal!
Another healthy but delicious alternative is simply shrimp on a skewer. Place 6 or 7 large shrimp on a skewer, season, grill and place on some brown rice and you not only have a healthy meal but a fast one too!
How about chicken kabobs? Cut some chicken breast in chunks and marinate in a light Italian dressing for a couple hours. Chop some onions, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple whatever you can imagine. Alternate placing chicken and veggies on skewer and toss them on the grill. There’s another delicious, easy and most importantly healthy meal.
What about dessert? Well, it’s summer so watermelon of course … straight up or in a fruit salad! Or try this, take a few of those extra skewers, cut up all kinds of melon and strawberries, and place them on the skewers. The kids will get a kick out of it plus it’s a nice presentation when you need to take something to a party.
We’re fortunate that Livingston County has so many wonderful farmers where you can get fresh fruit and vegetables locally in the summer. Plus, Howell and Brighton have their farmers market on the weekends. Summer gives us lots of options to eat smart but still enjoy ourselves!