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Backyard BBQ Buffets: how to combat them…

Posted by tdifranc on August 9, 2011

Summer is a tricky time when it comes to nutrition and eating right. Everywhere you turn is another party or gathering waiting for you with all you can eat buffets of burgers, dogs, potato salad, chips, pasta salad, pies, cakes, and ice cream. Lets face it enjoying summer is hard to do without chomping on a few dogs & some potato salad so stop trying to avoid something that is inevitable. Instead pay closer attention to what you are eating in the days between all of the parties and pot-lucks! When the weather turns chilly and you reach for those jeans in the back of the bottom drawer you will be glad you ate clean in between backyard bbq buffets.

Here are a few ideas that I have enjoyed this summer:

The other night my amazing girlfriend and I went to the local Farmer’s Market to see what was fresh and cheap. Among other things we came back with a handful of perfectly ripe tomatoes, some local fresh mozzarella cheese, a big bunch of basil, and some baby patty pan squash (summer squash) .

Here’s what we did with this group of ingredients:
– Slice the tomatoes (2), squash (4 baby ones)
– Dice half of the fresh mozzarella (1/2C)
– Cut up the basil (as much as you like…you can never have too much basis as far as the studies show that I have seen)
– Quickly saute (not too much…nobody likes soggy squash) the squash in olive oil/butter from cows that eat grass, salt & pepper
– Let the squash cool (so the cheese doesn’t melt)
– Toss it all in a bowl with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar and some salt & pepper
– EAT!!!

NOTE: The benefits of summer squash are many! They are packed with omega 3’s (the good omegas), magnesium, vitamin C, B vitamins, phospherus and zinc (among other nutrients). They are a virtual cornucopia of antioxidants, energy producing minerals and anti-inflammatory agents!!

If you are being really careful about how “clean” you are eating between bbq’s you might forgo the cheese but either way it’s going to be scrumptious!

A twist on a classic

Pair this with a grilled lean protein (fish, chicken, beef, etc.) and you have a great summer meal to balance out the bbqs. Try for a few weeks to see if you can make 80% of your meals end up looking like this one and 20% or less look like Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest.


4 Responses to “Backyard BBQ Buffets: how to combat them…”

  1. Jeffrey Gold said

    I am looking for more foods with molybdenum. Any suggestions? The chick with the hot dog is sexy

  2. Kratos said

    Blackbeans, Lentils, and Walnuts are great sources of molybdenum! Try adding some walnuts as a topping to your salad. This is a great Grilled Pepper and Lentil salad . Here’s a great Beef, Black Bean, and Chorizo Chili!

  3. tdifranc said

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply!
    Green beans, eggs, lentils, cucumbers are all good sources of molybdenum – have a field day!


  4. Jeffrey Gold said

    Love eggs and lentils. Green beans not so much. And to quote my dad- I love cukes but they dont love me. How about selenium? Is that in muscle milk?

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