May is here, which for me equals parties, parties, parties! Graduations, birthdays, going aways, end of year events… Every weekend there is something new going on. This tends to be killer for any one on a diet and also all that BBQ makes not eating meat an extra hurdle.
My best guess for a solution (since my will power sucks) is to bring healthier alternatives. Here are a few swap out guidelines I’ve used recently -
1. Allow yourself to eat what you LOVE. My mom ships this BBQ Sauce from Cleveland to Miami - Winking Lizard is my favorite! Instead of drenching chicken wings in BBQ Sauce, I used a small amount of the sauce on a sweet potato skin that I baked with cilantro. Yum! I avoided the meat & the fried food & still answered the craving I had for BBQ sauce.
2. Hummus is wonderful, but what we dip in our hummus is sometimes our downfall. I try to mix in a veggie & a cracker. These Fiber Selection 5 Grain Garden Vegetable Wheat Thins are not only delicious, but also lower in calories than pita chips. Also, celery is a no brainer as a low cal dipping option. Mix it up!
3. Take two minutes & think of the easy swap. These potato skins are significantly better than restaurant skins because they are baked, bacon free, & use a sweet potato rather than a regular potato. Lower in calories, fat, and sweet potatoes have some serious health powers!