The BBQ season is usually in full swing during the summer. Family and friends are brought together by the sharing of great food during these events. Most people do not watch what they eat during barbecues or think about the food’s implication on their health. Barbecues typically have some of the unhealthiest foods ranging from different types of meat and fats to starchy foods like fries and roast potatoes. Just one barbecue may render a month’s workout at the gym useless if you are not careful on what you eat. There are a range of ways in which you can enhance your eating habits at barbecues. Some of them are discussed below.
You first must plan well for the barbecue. Find out how many friends and family are likely to attend so as to make sure that there is sufficient food to feed them all. You need to inquire about any special preferences or any allergies that the guests might have in order to guarantee everybody is included in the barbecue meal. You also need to know if there are vegetarians attending in order to make necessary arrangements. You then need to shop for the different items from reliable sources. When purchasing the meat go for fresh cuts and make sure there is a variety of meat types.
The next step is to choose the best way to roast the meat. Many people are not chefs and may not know the best way to roast different sorts of meat to get various outcomes. For generations barbecues have been a manly event where the man does most of the roasting. Most men may not know the best way to roast meat as they may be relying on what they were taught by their fathers. There are many great recipe books like the Brooke Griffin Cookbook which contain many recipes on how to healthily roast different types of meat.
You may need to decrease the amount of artificial additives you use when roasting meat. These include various types of spices that are bought from stores in powder form. However, there has to be a balance between the composition of the meal and the general taste. The meat has to be both healthy and delicious. You can refer to the recipe book in order to know the spices you need and get them in vegetable form from the farmers’ market where possible. You can also replace some of the unhealthy meat like fatty pork chops with healthier options like crab meat.
Finally, you need to prepare a delicious salad for your guests. The salad needs to be so delicious that everyone including the vegetarians and meat lovers enjoys eating it. This can help reduce meat consumption for you and the guests and make the meal healthy and balanced.