How to slim down your barbecue? We suggest what to put on your plate so you don’t have to worry about extra pounds

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Cooking outdoors is one of the great joys of summer. Here are some tips for preparing healthy and light meals on the grill.

Lean meats

If you are planning a barbecue, choose lean meats such as poultry, pork tenderloin, steak, entrecote, beef steaks, chicken fillet, turkey fillet. Remember to marinate them beforehand to make it tasty and without greasy sauce. Cut off the fatty edges and divide large pieces of meat into smaller ones so you can take a smaller portion. Processed meats like meatballs, hamburgers and hot dogs are unhealthy, highly processed and easy to get fat from. You can make your own hamburgers from lean ground beef.

Choose fish

Grilled fish tastes just as good as meat. You can grill fish whole or in a special wrapper. Coat a piece of fish in herbs and surround it with vegetables, then place it on an aluminum tray or piece of aluminum foil. Fold up the foil and place it on the grill. If you want to grill fish or seafood, choose lean varieties such as tuna, sole, tilapia, squid, panga or shrimp.

Lots of vegetables

Grilled vegetables are tasty and low in calories. You can make a delicious vegetable skewer by scooping pieces of peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and zucchini onto a toothpick. You can also think of fruit skewers with strawberries, apple and pear pieces. You can also place corn, zucchini and eggplant separately on the grill. In this case, grease the grate well so that the vegetables do not stick. Grilled vegetables are delicious, healthy, crunchy, taste sweet and unique, and make grilled dishes varied and colorful.


Ready-made salads from the store usually contain a lot of mayonnaise, but a homemade, self-made salad can be delicious and have as few calories as you want. Carrots, chunks of peppers, cherry tomatoes, celery and cauliflower florets with yogurt dressing will make a summer barbecue more enjoyable.

Burgers and hot dogs – can they be dietetic?

If your family, especially young children, insists on fast food, you can replace them with healthier, homemade options. For example, you can buy burgers made with low-fat meat and chicken or turkey sausages. You can also just grind or buy ground beef, which is low in fat. By making the burgers themselves, kids will be involved in the whole process and will learn to both cook and pay attention to healthy food


When the grilled dishes are not yet ready, everyone wants to satisfy their hunger by snacking on small snacks. In this case, the first practical rule is to avoid chips, sticks, salted nuts and similar snacks. Instead, prepare coarsely chopped carrots and celery, pieces of cheese or pre-baked corn tortillas in advance.

What about drinks?

What you pour into a glass counts just as much as what you put on your plate while you grill. Instead of sugared sodas, try making lemonade at home sweetened with honey or xylitol. If you drink beer, include fewer calories in the meals you consume. And always take water with you to encourage others to quench their thirst with the simplest and healthiest drink of all.

Fewer carbohydrates

It’s worth noting that we get fat mainly from the excess calories we consume, but also from carbohydrates. Many people are afraid of eating fat, while carbohydrates are often responsible for weight gain. So if you want to maintain a slim figure, eat meat and vegetables on the barbecue and avoid excess bread and snacks. Meats with olive oil accompanied by green vegetables will work best.


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