Summer weekends are the perfect time to fire up the barbie and have a catch-up with family and friends.
Are you keen to swap the usual greasy snag and coleslaw dripping with mayo for something a little healthier and tastier? Lift your BBQ game with our LiveLighter team's top tips for hosting a healthy get-together.
1. Throw some veg on the barbie
Grilled vegies taste great and are super easy to do, plus you'll be on your way to getting your five serves for the day. Brush vegies with a little olive oil and throw on the BBQ until tender.
Here's some of our favourite BBQ veg choices:
- Corn cobs
- Eggplant ‘steaks'
- Field mushrooms (add pesto for extra flavour)
- Thickly sliced zucchini
- Capsicum slices
2. Choose better meats
Swap fatty sausages and burger patties for a healthy home-made version, or check the label on store-bought varieties to find the healthiest option. The label reading card below shows what you're aiming for - try to avoid products that fall into the red category for any of the nutrients. You could also branch out and try other lean protein options like chicken, tofu, eggs or prawns.
3. Smart sides
Sensational sides, appetisers and desserts can really bring together your BBQ feast. Prepare these ahead of time to reduce stress on the day.
- It's time to make friends with salad! Try our walnut, lentil & feta salad, fiesta salad or rainbow pasta salad for the perfect BBQ accompaniment
- Chop up vegie sticks and serve with hummus or guacamole for a crunchy starter
- Use wholemeal or grainy bread and rolls
- Fruit kebabs, chunks of watermelon or a fruit platter make an easy and refreshing dessert
4. Think before you drink
Help your mates enjoy the long weekend minus the thumping headache by providing no and lower-alcohol options. Keep bottles of water handy in the esky or for something a bit fancy, combine sparkling water with fruit or herbs in a clear jug. If you're offering alcoholic drinks, include lower alcohol options like light beer and reduced alcohol wine.
5. Bottoms up
Give your guests a nudge in the right direction by having sports equipment out and ready to play.
Backyard cricket or a game of footy are both staple activities for the long weekend, but other games like frisbee, bocce or finska will also get people moving.
To avoid going the same colour as a lobster don't forget hats, sunscreen and sunnies, and make sure there's somewhere shady for people to sit.
Want more healthy tips?
We deliver the LiveLighter program, which aims to encourage Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles - to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active.
You can find lots of great tips, resources and information at livelighter.com.au!