Grilling can be a leaner way to cook your foods, especially when it comes to heavy meats. The fatty meat juices drain down and out when you grill, and there’s no need for extra butter or lard. All you need is your lean protein, your buns, and your vegetables. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make the perfect weight-friendly grilled meal:
To make meat perfect for weight loss, use leaner cuts. That goes for everything, including sausages (try chicken or turkey sausage!), steaks, and ground meats. Marinate the meat in spices and homemade sauces. Then throw it onto the grill. Within a couple of minutes, the meat will be done, and you’ll taste the difference between a steak done on the grill and a greasy one fried in the pan.
Hot dog and burger buns are a must for grilling. But before you grab any packet off the shelves, try a whole grain variety. Whole grain buns are full of fiber and micronutrients like selenium, potassium, and magnesium, which is a recipe for health! Whole grains can reduce your risk of stroke and diabetes, and they can also help maintain your current weight—or in some cases, even help you lose some extra pounds!
Got some veggies? Grill them up! The smoky taste of grilled vegetables can turn any meat-lover into a garden-lover, and the flavor just takes you away to another place. Try grilling asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or carrots. Lightly oil with a bit of olive oil, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Enjoy as a side with your meat and your bread.
If you want to impress your friends and neighbors, try grilling some fruits. The juicy ones work the best, so try peaches, nectarines, or even mangos! Forgo the Bundt cake altogether, and serve up some grilled desserts for a seasonal summer twist.
Healthy Foods to Pack for Summer Vacations
The kids are out of school. The college semester has come to an end. Summer is here, and it’s the most popular time to travel for everyone. Whether you’re headed to spend some extra time with Grandma or going backpacking through Europe, here are a few tips to help you maintain good eating habits while you’re in transit to your summer destination!
The great part about flying commercially is that the chances of fried foods being available on a flight are slim to none. Unless you’re in first class, flight menus usually consist of cold foods, sandwiches, fruit and cheese assortments, or just plain junk. Choose wisely. Go for the foods that will leave you comfortably satisfied as opposed to something to passively munch on for entertainment like cheese crackers. Lean towards water or tea for a beverage rather than the coffee blend that may act as a laxative in a lavatory and ultimately dehydrate you. If you’re got a sensitive stomach when flying, stick with simple ginger ale, as most airlines always have it as a selection. Packing your meal for your flight is most advantageous, but check with your airport for outside food and beverage restrictions.
Road trip food
Road trips can be long and inevitably lead to extended periods of physical inactivity. Give your body something easy to digest that won’t weigh you down. Think simple, wholesome carbs and lean proteins. Pack foods for the trip that are easier on the digestive system as well as easier to pack—fruits, vegetables, dips, oatmeal or oatmeal bars, and tortilla-rolled sandwiches.
Mobility is key when you’re traveling in transit. With temperatures difficult to predict and regulate, meals being spontaneous, and proper dining facilities a rare luxury, having pre-prepared foods is a must. Nonperishable snacks, such as nuts and dried cereal, offer nutrients perfect for energy. Bananas, oranges, and fruits that have to be peeled are portable but should be eaten during the day in warmer temperatures.
Fall Asleep and Lose Weight Too!
Sleeping counteracts hunger in summer. When you haven’t slept well for an extended period, you will feel the hunger creeping in all day without cessation. Under-sleeping will not only make you feel hungry but can also leave you more prone to overeating, as recent studies indicate. Here are three tips to help you fall asleep soundly each night, both for the health of your mind and for your waistline!
- Do not eat 12 hours before you want to wake up the next morning. For example, if you have to wake up at 7 a.m., stop eating around 7 p.m. Otherwise, you risk being unable to fall asleep soundly at a reasonable hour and not getting a restful sleep if your body is still digesting a heavy meal.
- Get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day for a natural dose of vitamin D. The best time to get this daily dose is in the morning when UV rays aren’t as strong as they can be in the afternoon. Even a 30-minute walk around the block can help stabilize your circadian rhythm and help you get tired at night.
- Reduce your stress. How can you expect to fall asleep when you have everything running through your mind? Even if you’re dog tired, you may still be thinking about all the little things that you have yet to finish at work or home. This can keep you awake at night and make you hungry in the morning. So, throughout your day, try and de-stress. One of the best ways is to use all five of your senses.
Now that you’ve read these tips take a closer look at your sleeping patterns, and see how you can help yourself sleep better and more deeply. Getting that good night’s sleep will help you feel better in the morning, and it may also help you lose weight.
Remember: Keep slim by not eating late into the night, by exercising in the morning, and always by de-stressing! This could be one recipe for your weight-loss success.