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3 Delicious Low-Fat Summer Cookout Recipes

3 Delicious Low-Fat Summer Cookout Recipes

With the temperature heating up, some of you may be starting to get excited about the recipes that you’re going to create in the summer months ahead.

The great news about summer is that you’ll have plenty of selection when it comes to fresh produce offerings, so it’s quite easy to lighten up your diet and shed any excess weight that you’ve packed on during the colder winter months.

And, you don’t have to sacrifice on taste to do it. This doesn’t mean you still don’t have to watch what you’re eating as there is plenty of summer fare that ranks in very high on the fat and calorie scale, but with so many healthy options to choose from, it tends to be much easier to make wiser decisions.

To get you started on your quest for healthier summer cooking, here are three delicious low-fat summer cookout recipes that are easy to prepare and high on taste. These work well with just about any diet plan provided you keep your portion sizes under control so you still maintain your target calorie intake.

Prepare these any time you need a change of pace or are just feeling a little more creative.

Grilled Pizza

Pita Pizza Recipe

    Think pizza can’t be healthy? Think again! This is a completely unique cookout recipe to try and takes you away from the standard grilled chicken or steak dishes that you’re likely so used to.

    Grilled pizza is great because you’ll quickly get all four food groups in, ensuring that you have a healthy mix of nutrients to fuel your body while you burn fat.

    The pita bread used as the crust also helps to reduce the total calorie and carb count as well.

    Ingredients

    1 large whole wheat pita, not separated
    ¼ cup low-sodium tomato sauce (or salsa for something really unique)
    2 cups finely diced vegetables
    1 grilled chicken breast
    10 pre-cooked shrimps
    ½ cup low-fat Mozzarella cheese, shredded
    oregano

    Begin by smearing the tomato sauce over the whole wheat pita until fully covered. Next, top with diced vegetables until evenly spread out. While doing this, grill one chicken breast on the grill and then slice into bite sized pieces. Place over the crust.

    To that, top with pre-cooked shrimp and then sprinkle on the shredded cheese. Sprinkle with oregano and then place on the grill for 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is slightly crispy.

    Grilled Vegetables

    Grilled Vegtables

      If you’re struggling to get enough vegetables on your fat loss diet plan, the following recipe will make things far easier. Some people often overlook cooking vegetables right on the grill, and instead, simply choose to serve up vegetables raw on the side.

      As great as raw veggies and dip can be however, sometimes you definitely need a change. The following recipe will provide not only a high dose of dietary fiber and antioxidants to your diet plan, but the sweet potatoes will provide some complex carbohydrates, and the olive oil will help you get your healthy fat intake up higher.

      Pair this together with a good source of protein also prepared on the grill and you’ll be all set.

      Ingredients

      2 large carrots, cut into large strips
      1 cup diced portabella mushrooms
      3 red peppers, cut into large strips
      2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into long wedges
      ¼ cup vegetable oil
      2 tbsp. Italian salad dressing
      ½ tbsp. basil
      1 tsp. minced garlic

      Begin by washing and slicing the vegetables as indicated. Next, combine the oil, salad dressing, basil, and garlic in a large sealable bag. Add the vegetables, seal, shake and then let sit for 2-3 hours to marinade.

      Once finished, place the vegetables on the grill with the tongs and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove when slightly crispy and serve with your main dish.

      Apples On The Grill

      Grilled Apples

        If you’re seeking dessert for a special BBQ occasion, this one is sure to please. While you can grill a number of different fruits right on the barbeque, this one adds a slight twist to the mix by keeping the fruit whole and filling it with tasty ingredients that will burst in flavor when served.

        You could also prepare a similar dessert technique using pears as well with a little sugar, shredded coconut, and dried cranberries.

        Don’t be afraid to get creative – sometimes the best recipes come when you detour off the actual recipe plan.

        3 medium apples, core removed
        ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
        2 tbsp. brown sugar
        2 tbsp. sweetener
        ¼ cup raisins
        1/8 cup slivered almonds

        Core the apples to start. Next, combine the cinnamon, brown sugar and sweetener, raisins, as well as slivered almonds. Place into the cored apples. Wrap the apples in foil so they’re fully covered and then place on the grill. Cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the apples are tender.

        Let stand for 5 minutes or so before removing the toil and unwrapping them.

        So consider any one of these three great tasting cookout recipes this summer. The nice thing about grilling is that the fat will drip right off the grill as the food cooks, so it works great for preparing meats on the grill.

        Remember to always make sure that you practice good sanitation while barbecuing however as some people do tend to let their otherwise good habits slide. Especially when you’re out grilling raw chicken or fish fillets, you must be sure that you are staying safe at the same time.

        Come up with at least one new grilling recipe to try this summer and by September, you’ll have created your very own BBQ cookbook.

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        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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