So, yesterday I had my family 21st birthday party at my house. Now, being the health nut that I am, I requested healthy appetizers, entrees, and desserts naturally. However, for the first time, all the food was finished off and EVERYONE seemed to love it. (Reminder: This is extremely rare for my large food-loving family)
So, how do you make a healthy BBQ, yet still manage to keep the taste? Here's some simple, little tricks for your next summer feast:
1. Choose healthy, limited appetizers, so people can save room for the main course.
*fruit kabobs (layer various fresh fruit with small cheese wedges)
*healthy bean dip (layer low fat sour cream, salsa, cilantro, beans and reduced fat cheese in a dish and serve with baked tortilla chips)
2. Offer various low-cal drinks
*Have a HUGE pitcher of water on hand to keep everyone hydrated 'n' healthy
*Light iced tea
*"Healthy" Margaritas: Use Sprite Zero and Crystal Light Lemonade to reduce the sugar drastically
3. Substitute the typical burgers and dogs for yummy kabobs.
*shrimp and tomato kabobs
*chicken and pineapple kabobs
*onion and peppers kabobs
Tip: Try different seasonings and light marinades on each one, to get new, delicious tastes!
4. Offer a healthy dessert so guests don't overdue it
*sugar free jello layered with fruit and light cool whip
*itty-bitty brownie wedges
Tip: You don't have to cut out all your guilty pleasures; just keep the serving sizes small.