Foods to Include in a Healthy Summer Barbeque

The weather is warming up, and that means more time spent outside enjoying backyard barbeques. Unfortunately, it also often means calorie-laden meals that, while delicious, can be disastrous for those trying to stick to a healthy diet. And for those suffering from chronic back and neck pain, and also trying to ease the burden on an overtaxed and painful spine, fatty foods at a backyard barbeque can quickly put your plans for a pain-free lifestyle on the path to failure.

However, that doesn’t mean that those seeking to enjoy barbeque foods can’t also do so while watching what they eat. In fact, it’s still possible to combine all the fun and flavor of a backyard barbeque with a healthy meal. To put together a barbeque feast that is healthier and leaner than the typical burgers-and-dogs fare, simply swap out:

  • Hamburgers that are high in fat for burgers made of other meats, such as turkey or bison, or even garden burgers.
  • Sausage, pork, and hot dogs for soy sausage or lean poultry sausage.
  • Chicken wings, ribs, and fatty steaks for fish, vegetable/meat kabobs, or skinless chicken breasts.
  • High-calorie side dishes like macaroni salad, chips, and potato salad for corn on the cob, grilled veggies, or sweet potatoes.

These are just a few simple ways to take an otherwise diet-busting backyard barbeque and turn it into an event that is still fun and full of flavor, but won’t ruin your weight-loss goals. To share barbeque recipes and other weight-loss tips that are particularly helpful for those suffering from back pain and are trying to limit pressure on the spine, be sure to join the discussion on the Laser Spine Institute Facebook page.


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