The 12 Worst Foods You Can Eat at a Backyard Barbecue
August 27, 2015
Don’t let excess fat and calories creep up on you
The 9 Worst Foods You Can Eat at a Backyard Barbecue
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. 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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Although that bag of greasy, crunchy chips is tempting, it will do nothing but make you more hungry. “Chips will not fill you up and you will get in more sodium than you’d like,” Gradney says. “Veggies will keep you full and help you not to overeat other foods.” Slice vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes, into thin slices and bake them. That way, you can eat chips and stay healthy!
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Summer is all about juicy, fresh peaches. However, proceed with caution if your peaches are covered in cream. “The USDA Nutrient Database says on average, one cup of peach cobbler can contain almost 500 calories and almost 10 teaspoons of sugar,” Gradney says. It’s definitely healthier to stick to grilled peaches and frozen yogurt.
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Attention, all you red meat lovers: Eating meat sparingly is not a problem, but be conscious of your portion size and preferred cut. “One serving of ribeye steak has half of the daily value for cholesterol, five grams of saturated fat, and almost 300 calories,” Gradney says. “Your heart will thank you for not eating a ribeye.” Instead, try a flank steak, which has half the calories and fat of the ribeye steak.