Yea! Who doesn’t love a long holiday weekend? Parties, BBQs and fireworks, they’re all part of our Independence Day celebrations. Using the holiday as an excuse for a “pass” on you healthy habits will only lead to guilt, bloat, sluggishness and poor sleep. Good news, you can have your cake and eat it too – well kind of………..
The first thing you need to do is to make a plan. If you have a celebration to host or attend this weekend, make sure you have healthy choices available for the rest of the day. Fill up on water and clean, whole foods, with lots of bulk.
When you arrive, greet your hosts and other guests and then check out the buffet. Take it all in, making mental notes of the things you’d really like to try and the things you can do without. Try to stay away from the snacky stuff, save your calories for the meal. When it’s time to eat, choose 3-4 things that really interest you or that are your favs, take about half of what you think you’ll eat, grab a bottle of water, sit down and eat slowly – really enjoy the wonderful foods you may not get to eat often. If you feel like you want a second serving, wait 20 minutes, get up and move around, if you’re still thinking about going back, go back and serve yourself small portions of 2 items and then resolve yourself to being finished.
OK, let’s move on to cocktails! If you like to have alcoholic beverages on special occasions, go for it – but be smart about it! I’ve mentioned it before – there is a reason they call it a beer belly! However, if beer is your drink of choice, try to choose a “low carb” brand. The average number of calories in 1 bottle of beer is 154 – these add up quickly! If wine is your thing, think about making a refreshing wine spritzer. A glass of white wine has 120 calories, if you top off 4 oz of wine with some club soda you’re looking at 80 calories – you just saved yourself 40 calories! Red wine offers up 125 calories. If you’re into mixed drinks – stick with light liquors rather than dark and watch your mixers! Regular sodas and juices can jack up the calorie count – try to stick with water or club soda, or a little bit of both. Frozen drinks are down right dangerous – 1, 12 oz Margarita hits you with 540 calories! My point is, liquid calories can sneak up on us. Know how many calories you’re pouring down your throat and remember moderation is key. Not only can liquid calories add up fast, we tend to make poor choices when we’ve had too much, maybe not knowing when to stop or eating more food to help balance the blood sugar that is on a roller coaster. I recommend alternating alcoholic beverages with water – this will help with hangovers as well:)
I’ve posted some recipes below that would be great to serve or bring to share, I hope you find something that looks good to you!
I made these kabobs on Memorial Day – they were a huge hit! Even with my 8 year old 🙂
I love berries with a little cool whip for dessert, but here are some good looking sweet treats!
Have a great holiday!