How To Host A Summer Barbecue When You’re On A Diet

Just because you’re throwing a summer soiree to remember doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your weight loss goals. There are a bevy of treats to serve guests to keep them satiated and entertained. 

Before you head to the grocery store, make a list of items that you want to purchase or avoid on your journey. A physical note can serve as reinforcement when you’re tempted to fill your cart with carbs and desserts. 

Skinny kebabs
According to Fitness Magazine, there are plenty of ways to modify traditional barbecue foods so they’re not loaded with calories. Try serving up some soy-lime scallops with leeks, which take less than 10 minutes to make. The source suggested a pound of scallops, 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 8 medium scallions and 4 baby leeks to make enough for four people. 

Don’t be afraid to serve guests non-traditional kebabs filled with tofu, fruits and veggies. That way, you can meet peoples’ barbecue expectations and get your daily fruit intake. Keep fruits and veggies fresh by storing them in meal containers in the fridge. Then you can replenish the stock outside once it starts to get low. 

A raw bar 
One of the best ways to keep people happy and do as little work as possible is set out a raw bar. Arrange shrimp, mussels, clams and other seafood items over a bed of ice. Place a few varieties of dipping sauces and let your guests have at these tasty morsels. 

According to the U.S. News & World Report, wild salmon, arctic char, mackerel, sardines, anchovies and oysters are among the best fish to eat if your objective is to boost your omega-3 intake.

The healthy bartender
After you take care of the food, all that's left is the drinks, which are a breeze even if bartending isn't your forte. You can throw back a cocktail or two at the party without it unraveling your healthy lifestyle if you're mindful of your ingredients. 

To make drinks more interesting, look not to sodas and sugar, but instead focus on herbs and spices. Muddle some fresh thyme, cilantro or basil to give a libation an added layer of flavor. Then add the liquor and some fresh-squeezed juice - premade mixes tend to be high in sugar - and that's all there is to it. 

Fit living can be indulgent and enjoyable, even when you're hosting a backyard barbecue. 

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