Go for the Grill|
Whether it’s a cookout with the neighbors or an easy weeknight dinner, cooking outside offers many advantages. Now that the sun is staying up later, there’s no reason to save grilling for weekend afternoons.
All those vegetables you vowed to eat taste even more delicious when grilled. To make sure everything cooks evenly, be sure to cut veggies into chunks of similar size and thread them onto skewers to prevent them from falling through the grates. Try eggplant, onion, mushrooms, squash or cherry tomatoes.
Grilling can also bring a boring chicken breast to life, and a homemade dry rub can flavor your choice of protein without all the fat and calories you'd consume by using creamy sauces or oils.
Get Started: Learn about the basics of grilling, then try these dry rub and marinade recipes. (For even more healthy grilling recipes, check out SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide e-book.)
Weight-Loss Hurdle: Watch out for barbecue diet busters like creamy potato salad, mayo-laden cole slaw and sugary fruit pie. It's not that you can’t enjoy your favorite summer treats, but be sure to find healthier versions or try alternatives like vegetarian baked beans, slaw made with a vinegar dressing or angel food cake topped with fresh berries.
Stay On Track: Check out our handy chart of the best and worst cookout foods for your weight-loss plan.
Weight-Loss Hurdle: While some people enjoy getting sweaty on a sunny day, it's not without its downsides. Before you get off the treadmill and hit the pavement, there are a few precautions you should take to prevent a fun summer workout from becoming a disaster. To avoid the most extreme heat of the day, exercise early in the morning or just before sunset.
Stay On Track: Discover how one SparkPeople member walked off 60 pounds without ever setting foot outside.