Healthy BBQ Tips for Seniors

The summer is the season for grilling, but it can be easy to make unhealthy choices at those summer barbecues and overeat. While there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in a while, it’s important to stick to a healthy diet, which is why today’s article covers lots of healthy BBQ tips for seniors. 

Choose a healthy protein. 

Chicken, fish, turkey, lean cuts of beef, or even tofu make a great healthy main dish for BBQs that is packed with protein while still giving you a wide variety of options to choose from. 

Watch sugar and sodium. 

Both sugar and sodium can hide out in marinades, rubs, condiments, dressings, and more, so opt for lower sugar and sodium options and use them all sparingly. In the case of condiments and dressings, you may be able to cut them out entirely depending on the dish. 

Choose healthy sides. 

Now that you have a lean protein and are opting for low sugar and sodium extras, don’t mess up that progress with store bought side dishes like baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni, or potato salad. These are often high in fat, calories, sodium, and sugar. Try out some healthier homemade versions of these dishes instead or throw fruit and/or veggies on the grill too for a delicious and healthy side! 

Don’t overdo it on the portion sizes. 

Even too much of a healthy thing can be bad, so it’s important to watch your portion sizes when hosting or attending a BBQ.