I’m so excited for this long weekend! How couldn’t I be? It’s sunny and warm out, and I’m waiting with bated breath for the smell of fired up grills around the neighborhood.
Did you know that 62 percent of the nation will be barbecuing this holiday? I guess I’m not the only one who loves veggies on the grill. I can’t wait to throw on some shorts, head to the closest party and pile my plate with corn on the cob, tofu-kabobs, and potato salad.
If you’re worried that the festives will destroy a stellar week of exercise and eating, follow these tips to stay on track.
1. Make Time To Exercise
Don’t let the holiday give you an excuse not to hit the gym. If you can’t get to the gym, pop in a workout DVD, go for a brisk walk outside, or take a bike ride with friends.
2. Splurge on ONE item, not Five
Barbecues are like buffets outside. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the food choices. Solution? Fill up on healthy, low calorie options like grilled corn, garden salad, and fruit. Pick one item to indulge in. You’ll keep yourself from feeling deprived, while still keeping your diet in check.
3. Make Healthy Versions of Old Favs
If you want to be sure you’re eating right during the party why not put on the chef hat yourself? There are tons of recipes that give you the flavor of old favorites with half the fat and calories.
Try some of these BBQ recipes from Eating Well.
If drinks are your weak spot, may I recommend picking up a bottle from the Skinny Girl line? I’ve been giving props to the skinny girl margarita since I learned the recipe on the Real Housewives of NYC. The drinks are delicious and low calorie!
Just remember, skinny or not, alcohol is alcohol. Don’t drink and drive!
4. Eat Breakfast
Seriously, if you start the day out with something healthy you set yourself up for an awesome day of eating! You won’t be famished when you hit the parties, and your metabolism will be revved up. Not sure what to eat? Try one of my favorite breakfast smoothies.
- 1 personal can of pineapple juice
- 5 chunks of fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup of silk tofu
-1/2 frozen or fresh banana
* (optional) ice
5. Take Time to Play During the Day
Nothing prevents the whole hand to mouth thing than getting up and moving. Play volleyball, horseshoe, and any other fun games going on during the day. You’ll burn off that potato salad and revisit your childhood all at once!
Have a fabulous Memorial Day!!!