Guiltless Grilling Tips Slideshow

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1. Portion Out
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1. Portion Out
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Stowell says to "never eat directly from the chip bowl." Instead, she suggests portioning out what is your ideal amount to eat and that will decrease your chances of overeating.

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2. Stay Hydrated
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2. Stay Hydrated
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It’s often said that people turn to food because they mistake thirst for hunger. On a similar note, Stowell recommends staying hydrated with calorie-free, refreshing drinks like water, seltzer, and Crystal Light Pure or other mixes.

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3. Make Sure to Savor the Moment
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3. Make Sure to Savor the Moment
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As she says, "Sometimes summer parties are loooong… pace yourself and focus on activities — not just food."

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4. Add Grilled Vegetables as a Side
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4. Add Grilled Vegetables as a Side
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Instead of loading up on potato salad or carb-filled side dishes, Stowell suggests balancing out the meal with a side of grilled vegetables instead.

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5. Build a Better Burger
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5. Build a Better Burger
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Burgers are key components to a good grill-fest and Stowell sees no reason why they shouldn’t be enjoyed, especially with these easy swap outs: Choose whole-grain buns instead of regular; opt for 90 percent lean ground sirloin instead of 80 percent ground beef; choose a reduced-fat Cheddar instead of regular.

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6. Embrace the Chicken Breast
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6. Embrace the Chicken Breast
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When cooking a protein, Stowell suggest using a skinless split chicken breast

and preparing it with your favorite spice rub mixed with a little olive oil.

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