Memorial Day is here! Many of you will pause to remember the armed men and women who have fallen in service to our nation with a pool party or backyard BBQ featuring your favorite indulgences –  chargrilled hot dogs, juicy burgers, creamy potato salad, salty chips, cold ice cream and sweet lemonade.

 

You’ve worked hard on your fitness goals, and it’s easy to fall off the wagon at these events, so we pulled together a few healthy swaps for your favorite Memorial Day BBQ dishes.

 

And since we’re all about moderation at In-Shape, if that juicy bacon topped burger is just too hard to pass up, make sure to come see us before, and after, consumption ;-).   

 

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Onion dip
Cold and creamy this dip is the perfect companion to salty crunchy chips. But it comes at a price! With 60 calories in just two tablespoons, 45 of which are from fat, if you can’t trust yourself to have just one or two, remove temptation and stick to the veggie platter!

Cucumbers with hummus
You can indulge in half a cucumber and THREE tablespoons of hummus for just under 100 calories! What’s more, with 4g of fiber and 5g of protein, you’ll be filling up rather than filling out!

Hot dog
A hot dog runs you on average a minimum of 150 calories and that’s without the bun and all the fixings!

Lean chicken
Marinate some chicken breasts in garlic, ginger and a touch of low sodium soy sauce to avoid the sugar in BBQ sauce and chuck it on a hot grill for a deLITEful alternative.

Cheeseburger
With the average burger busting out at 350 calories (at least!), it’ll take you more than half an hour on the treadmill to make up for it.

Turkey burgers
Try some 93% lean turkey patties wrapped in crunchy romaine lettuce leaves. Add chargrilled onions for an extra punch of flavor without the fat. Plus, all that lean protein will work wonders to repair those glutes after BODYPUMP!

Creamy potato salad, coleslaw or pasta salads
With all the mayo, bacon grease, cheese and fat, these savory sides aren’t so innocent after all.

German potato salad
Skip the cream and try a lighter take on the classic side with a German potato salad that’s chock full of fresh herbs and spices. You won’t even notice the cream is missing! But watch your portion!

Sugary soda
While an ice-cold cola can go down a treat at a pool party, remember it’ll set ya back a whopping 140 calories, not to mention the crazy amount of added sugar.

Sparkling water with fruit
Throw together a refreshing alternative by slicing lemons, limes and oranges and adding one slice of each to your ice cold sparkling water. Crisp, clean and refreshing without the calories. Plus it’ll keep you hydrated for your next workout!

 

From all of us at In-Shape, thank you to all the men and women who have served, are serving or will serve in our military. We salute you today, and every day!