7 Braai Indulging Tips That Won't Break Your Diet

No need to suffer from food FOMO at a weekend braai.  You can feel free to indulge – without sacrificing your healthy eating habits—thanks to these healthy tips.

A braai with friends doesn't have to be a diet nightmare, despite the all-day grazing on fatty foods washed down with cool, calorie-laden cocktails. If you capitalize on summer's fresh fruits and veggies and smarten up the grilled foods you choose, you can turn a braai into one of the easiest food-focused social events to enjoy. Here, your best strategies:

  1. Plan ahead
    When you accept an invitation to a summer braai, ask the host what will be served and what you can bring. This way, you can make a game plan about which foods you'll indulge in. It also gives you the opportunity to bring something healthy.
  2. Prioritize
    At the party, look at everything that's being offered first, then just have the few items that look too good to pass up. If potato salad is your thing, take a scoop and enjoy it, then skip the less appealing-to-you macaroni salad. Don't waste calories on so-so sweets or treats you can get any time of year.
  3. Get a little more protein
    Dietary protein helps control appetite, which ultimately keeps weight in check. Look for lean proteins such as grilled chicken breast or shrimp or three-bean salad, which gets an extra make-you-full boost from fibre. Make sure to fill about one-quarter of your plate with lean protein.
  4. Pile on the produce 
    Eating your five servings of vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables daily is super easy at a braai, as long as you focus on summer salads, grilled vegetables, and prepared fruit plates. Make sure at least half your plate is filled with naturally low-calorie, low-fat produce.
  5. Be smart about alcohol
    When drinking alcohol, alternate low-calorie drinks with fruit infused water. You'll pace yourself and cut down on all the empty calories and sugar that tend to be in summer cocktails.
  6. Take a seat
    Rather than picking and grazing, head over to a picnic table or find a spot to sit on the grass when you eat. Practice mindful eating, and savour every bite. When you eat something while being distracted, your don’t realise how much you’ve eaten, which means you'll be less satisfied and you'll reach for more.
  7. Relax a little!
    Shooting for all healthy, all the time is a great way to fail. Allow yourself some leeway, and you're guaranteed to have more fun and feel better. Eighty percent of the time, do 80 percent of the things that are healthy for you, during the other 20 percent, let go a little and enjoy a small portion of your favourite foods.

Source: www.shape.com

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