Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

How to Be The BBQ King or Queen This Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is filled with the sweet smell of sunscreen, chlorine, and barbecues. For some of us, this is a wake up call to get ready for bikini season. But this time, the bikini prep doesn’t have to be all work!

roasting corn bbq If your dad is anything like mine, he is a traditional BBQ-man. Each summer we have delicious American-style barbecue feasts with hotdogs, burgers, and sausages. Because my dad is overweight, I suggest he make substitutions versus sacrifices that ultimately set him back.

So, to slim down in your bikini, but more importantly maintain your self-esteem and confidence as you treat yourself to good tasting, energy-filled foods, try these easy substitutions this Memorial Day:

– Instead of using white buns use wheat or multigrain buns. (Wheat breads are full of fiber, vitamins B6 and E, magnesium, zinc, folic acid and chromium!)

– Add some vegetables to the barbeque like corn on the cob by putting them on skewers (or for juicer corn, keep the husks on, soak them in water for 20 min, then throw ‘em on the grill!)

– If you enjoy corn on the cob with butter, try to use 1 tablespoon instead of 2! (That’s a 102 calorie difference!)

– A “red, white and blue” fruit bowl with strawberries or raspberries, blueberries or blackberries, and bananas or coconut (or on a plate in the shape of the American flag).

If you’re more adventurous, here is my infamous salad that is always a crowd pleaser:

– Lettuce (the darker the healthier!)

– 2 Tomatoes

– 1 Cucumber

– 1 Peach or Mango (or both!)

– 1/2 cup Onions (optional)

– 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (or Walnuts)

– 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

– 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

– 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese

– Salt/Pepper

Wash all vegetables. Cut tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and peach or mango into bite-size pieces. Toss into a bowl with lettuce. Add pine nuts. Top it off with olive oil and squeeze some fresh lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste! Mix well and add cut-up feta cheese on top.

Once just the average American barbecue man, your dad will now be the neighborhood BBQ King.

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