I like to celebrate the Fourth Of July with favorite comfort foods just like anyone else, but since these comfort foods are so easily made over to their healthiest forms--just like I always say in my Your Healthy Life Made Easy Do It Yourself Healthy Weight Loss Program, there's never a reason to deprive yourself of your favorites!
The Fourth Of July food generally means hot dogs and hamburgers, so here's how to give your meals a healthy makeover:
1. Trade traditional hot dogs for products such as Jennie-O Turkey Franks
Each has just 70 calories and 6 grams of fat (just 1.5 saturated fat) which is about half the amount in a traditional hot dog. Grill them and add mustard and sauerkraut and you will not know the difference!
Just read the label of any turkey product carefully, as many turkey dogs are not made with the leanest cuts and could be just as fattening as a traditional beef hot dog.
TIP: substitute an extra lean turkey burger as the next best thing, but again check the label of the ground turkey to make sure you are getting 97-99% fat-free extra lean turkey (like from Jennie-O), or if buying a package of ground turkey look at that closely to make sure you are getting the leanest possible turkey burger.
3. Ditch the potato salad and cole slaw
Both are full of fatty mayonnaise even though they seem light. Use Baked Lays, Baked Ruffles or any variety of baked snack with a maximum of 3-4 grams of fat as a side dish instead and save tons of fat and calories.
4. Swap white flour hot dog and hamburger buns for whole wheat or whole grain buns
Make sure you are truly getting whole wheat by reading the label and seeing 100% whole wheat or stone ground whole wheat with a good fiber content of 3 - 7 grams per bun. I like Healthy Life 100% Whole Grain hot dog and hamburger buns with their 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and just 1.5 grams of fat.
TIP: Here's how to do it even better! Take a whole wheat round and use each half of the round like a bun to hold the hot dog--to save 100 calories when you have two franks, or use the whole round to hold the burger for a lighter variation.
5. Swap regular cheese for fat-free or light cheese
Enjoy that cheeseburger makeover, but don't ruin it by adding full-fat cheese on top. Use a fat-free brand like Borden's fat-free American or Cheddar cheese or Light Jarlsberg Swiss and save calories and fat. Plus, it melts beautifully!
Overall, have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! And don't forget to make it an active one--take a walk after the BBQ!
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