4 tips for a healthier barbecue

There are so many things that make summer one of our favourite seasons. Summer in Australia would just not be the same without our great climate, long days, pool parties and, of course, a good old barbecue.

We want to be feeling our best to really enjoy this time of year so here are our top tips for a healthier barbecue season.

1. Choose lean meats

Instead of throwing regular snags on the barbecue try some extra-lean sausages. Depending on which brand you go for, this simple swap could save you up to half the kilojoules and around a third of the fat. Choose varieties that are 97% fat free.

Lean cuts of meat are great on the barbecue, especially if you use herbs and spices to inject loads of flavour into your meal. A quick and easy marinade for chicken is the juice of one lemon, two teaspoons of honey and two tablespoons of roughly chopped rosemary. Combine with your chicken pieces and let marinate in the fridge for one hour before putting it on the grill.

2. Get some colour on the grill

Add some colour to your hotplate by including some vegetable kebabs. We like to thread cherry tomatoes, capsicum, some wedged onion, zucchini and button mushrooms onto bamboo skewers and cook for 5-10 minutes.

Another option is to place a mixture of thinly sliced vegetables on your barbecue griddle plate. We like to use zucchini, field mushroom, capsicum, pumpkin and eggplant. Once cooked, toss them in a bowl with a heaped tablespoon of pesto. Quick and delicious!

3. Switch out your mayo for yogurt

Try using low-fat Greek-style natural yoghurt instead of regular mayonnaise in your potato salad or coleslaw. There are plenty of great yoghurt brands on the supermarket shelves – just be sure to avoid the sweetened varieties.

4. Fill up with fibre

High fibre breads are a great addition to your meal to help you feel satisfied. Swap the traditional white bread roll for something with added fibre and extra grains and seeds. Scouting out some different options like this will keep you fuller and it’ll add a gourmet feel to your dish, even if it’s just served on a paper plate.

After a healthy barbecue why not make the most of the sunshine and continue the socialising with a game of backyard cricket, pool volleyball or boules. Instead of feeling lethargic from overindulging, you’ll be fuelled to take on some fun.

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