Barbecuing is a great way to enjoy the summer and have fun with friends. It’s easy to go overboard on unhealthy items like chips, dip, cakes and cookies. However, you can create a delicious meal that still packs a lot of flavor. Here are some healthy barbecue foods you can prepare for your next get-together.
If you want to go all out with barbecue food this summer, forget about beef. Bring along some seafood instead. It contains Omega-3 has so many benefits for the body. Some studies suggest that if you eat lots of seafood, you might be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues or chronic eye conditions like glaucoma. Seafood may also reduce the chance of inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and protect against bone loss.
Eggs contain many essential vitamins and minerals, including A, D, E, B6 and B12. And it’s not just the whites that are good for you – the yolk is packed with choline, lutein and zeaxanthin. You can prepare egg salads or deviled eggs.
Add flavor to your summer barbecues with the help of spices that will also benefit your seniors in fighting off illness. Spices such as turmeric contain compounds that are beneficial for the body including fighting off Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer. Cinnamon can help those with diabetes manage their blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
One of the most satisfying things to eat when it’s hot outside is a cold beer or cocktail. However, these options may be too unhealthy because they contain higher amounts of sugar, alcohol and can be very dehydrating. Alternative cool beverage choices are unsweetened iced tea, fruit juice that is low in sugar, and freshly made lemonade.
If you plan to prepare a dessert, opt for fruit-inspired dishes. It’s in season during summer, making it an especially good time to try your hand at mouth-watering desserts. Try grilling peaches or pineapple (or both) and then topping them with a small scoop of ice cream; mix up a crisp from whatever variety of berries you have on hand for an exquisitely flavorful cake topping. For seniors who are diabetic, consider using Splenda instead – or look for a recipe that cuts out sugar altogether!