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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 Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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