This weekend many of us will be celebrating the holiday with an outdoor cookout . While most people picture hamburgers , hot dogs or creamy potato salad , cookouts do not have to take you off track with your nutrition plans .
Cooking can be healthy , especially when you have a menu that features lean cuts of meat , foods with light and favorful sauceds and veggies ans salads that give you a nutritional boost .
Here are a few tips to help you have a healthy and flavorful cookout this weekend and all summer long :
1 . Marinate meats in low or no-fat dressing and sauces . Opt for rubs and dry seasoning instead .
2 . Limit processed meats like hot dogs , deli meats and bacon . Look for lean meats , like 93 precent lean ground beef for burgers or skinless poutry . Trim visible fats from meats before putting them on the grill .
3 . Grilled vegetables are good as rntrees and sides . Options such as mushrooms , squash , onions and peppers are great hearty flavors that grill well .
4 . Try lower-fat options for salads . Add flavor with pickle or lemon juice and herbs . For pasta salads , try whole-wheat pastas . Try a new flavor such as pesto or Dijon mustard for a hearty twist .
5 . Remember to hydrate well . Water with slices of lemon , orange or other fruits is your best bet to avoid unwanted calories and dehydration .