Ending the summer with a bang often means throwing a backyard barbecue. Whether you are cooking, grilling, or baking, you want to make sure that the foods you prepare are healthy and delicious.
When you are socializing and catching up with friends and family, it is so easy to unconsciously consume more calories than you planned — especially when all of the food is delicious! Luckily, you can offer guests healthy alternatives for many of your favorite unhealthy dishes.
When you are working toward a healthy lifestyle, it is important not to cut yourself off from junk foods completely. Instead, allow yourself a little wiggle room and enjoy a small amount of the sweet or salty foods that may not be so good for you. But just a small amount.
We spoke with Kristen Gradney, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about the worst foods you could eat at a backyard barbecue.
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“On average, a half-cup serving of baked beans contains 13 grams of sugar, almost five times the amount in a sugar cube,” Gradney says. “You may get sluggish and tired after eating this because of your body’s reaction to the large amount of sugar.” Instead, she recommends a black bean and corn salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
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