Dr. Campbell: Healthy summertime cookout eating
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Cookouts are a summertime tradition. Starting with Memorial Day weekend, we all begin the barbecue season with cookouts and family gatherings.
Many of the foods we eat and beverages we consume at these events can be calorie laden and can result in significant weight gain.
Summer barbecue foods are very tasty but are often laden with calories. Burgers, fries, hot dogs and all of the associated sweets can really produce a very high calorie meal.
According to some sources, the average barbecue diner eats more than 3,000 calories in a single sitting – the equivalent of a day-and-a-half ’s worth of food for a woman – not to mention overdosing on salt at the same time.
Alternatives such as grilled chicken or fish, as well as turkey or veggie burgers can make a big difference in your calorie intake. Certainly, avoiding pasta salads, etc. can make a significant dent in