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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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        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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