10 tips to keep your diet on track even at a barbecue


The best intentions to eat a low-fat diet fail all too often in range of different situations, and the excitement you feel for a barbecue is at the top of this list. But if you think beyond sausages and do a little planning you will see: barbecues and enjoying a low-fat diet go together very well. We will tell you how you can have great tasting food with no guilty conscience: here are our top ten tips for a low-fat barbecue without the guilt!

Tip no. 1: You can say yes to meat, but make it low-fat

Make low-fat meats your first choice, this could be turkey, chicken, beef or tartar meatballs. The usual sausages, alongside pork belly, steaks, pork chops and meatballs should, however, simply be left out.

Tip no. 2: Fish is the order of the day

Also think of cooking fish at your barbecue – it works really well on the grill. The best thing is to simply place it on some aluminium foil or in an aluminium grill tray. Alongside the much-loved salmon, prawns and trout, you can throw almost any fish onto the grill. If in doubt, ask your favourite fishmonger.

Tip no. 3: Shake things up with some kebabs

Kebabs make a change and are always a hit: fill a skewer by alternating between turkey, vegetables and onions. You can also buy ready-made frozen prawn kebabs which just need to be defrosted first then placed onto the aluminium foil.

Tip no. 4: Vegetables are the new meat

Mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, peppers, aubergines and courgettes taste great grilled. Simply lay them on the aluminium foil one at a time, add some oil and some herbs and spices and you are done!

Tip no. 5: Go for the potatoes!

Precook the potatoes in their skins until they are cooked through. For the barbecue, wrap them in foil and heat them up again on the grill. You can eat them with quark or low-fat soft cheese, sour cream or tzatziki.

Tip no. 6: Keep an eye out when you’re buying bread

Avoid white bread. Why not treat your guests to a round of wholemeal bread or seeded rolls instead?

Tip no. 7: Beautifully green – delicious salad

Italian style: a simple green salad with crudités and a vinegar and oil dressing. Give the usual pasta and potato salads a break.

Tip no. 8: Hold the sauce – try mustard instead

Red sauces often contain a lot of added sugar while light sauces are usually high in fat. It’s best therefore to only eat a little of them and simply use mustard as an alternative.

Tip no. 9: Enjoy yourself without alcohol!

What is the point of eating low-fat foods if you go on to consume all of the calories you have saved through your drinks? Stay consistent: drink water or alcohol-free beer or, at most, a glass of wine or sparkling wine.

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With our new grill thermometer BT40 you can now cook all meat dishes to perfection! By measuring the core temperature, it can precisely determine up to 5 cooking levels in a total of 8 different food types. Order the grill thermometer BT40 today at our slimmed-down price of just £12.22 instead of £24.48 incl. VAT – in the Trotec shop now!

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