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Top Tips for Surviving Traditional Barbecues

A fire, the outdoors – these could conjure up images of health and well-being, but they don’t.  More likely your barbecue experiences are conjuring up images of bowls of potato chips, hot dogs, beer, cheap wine, mayonnaise, white buns and processed cheese slices!

If you are attending a barbecue or day-party, and you suspect it will be a typical one, it may well be worth asking if you can bring a salad or other food to help out.  You could even bring marinated fish, or organic meat.  Perhaps a healthy fruit salad too.  Bring a few dishes and your preferred beverage – your host will not mind.

Trust me, there will be other people there who will appreciate something decent to eat, and will love going home feeling healthier and less bloated.  Providing good food for others is part of bridging – the important tactic whereby you become an advocate of good eating and great food.

If you are holding your own barbecue, why not celebrate goodness?  Having your own party is a great way to introduce others to good eating!

Ban all the horrendous typical barbecue or party foods and celebrate health by having a clean, lean menu of green salads, vegetables, fruits and fruit salads, pasta or grain salads, and lean organic meats.  Men love to barbecue and if you give them a decent cut of meat, they’ll love it.

You may still need to accommodate some of the old eating habits of others, and provide burgers (lean and organic) and maybe hot wings, potato salad, etc., but showcase the healthy foods and ensure they are in the majority, and control the ratio of good foods, to the not so good.

Great barbecue foods and dishes:

  • Crudite
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Watermelon
  • Multi-Bean Salad
  • Pasta pesto
  • Fennel salad
  • Tomato and onion salad
  • Superfood Salad
  • Corn on the cob
  • Roasted garlic
  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Grilled fish, lean meat, or chicken – organic or wild please!
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