Hey folks. I'm off to Savannah for the long, holiday weekend. I can't wait to enjoy some of the city's restaurants and to stick my toes in the sand once again. But I wanted to wish you all a very happy and very safe Fourth of July.
Here are a few tips to help control your food intake over the holiday weekend:
* Don't show up hungry. Take time to eat a light, healthy snack before chowing down.
* When fixing your plate, make sure the bulk of it is fruits and veggies, such as salad, baked beans, corn, watermelon and grapes. That way you can fill up your belly faster with healthier items.
* Eating smaller portions is key. Yes, you can indulge in some mayo-licious potato salad and that scrumptious looking slice of cake. But don't pile a mountain of it on your plate or eat half a pie in one sitting.
* If you're heading to a BBQ at a friend or relative's house, bring some low-calorie snack options such as a fruit salad or raw veggies and hummus.
* Avoid adding lots of butter, salt and fatty dressings.
* Try not to get seconds until a few hours after you've eaten the first plate.
* Always eat dessert last.
* Drink lots of water. It will help fill you up.
Remember, you can always bring along your own cooler with healthier food options - or serve as a second chef and whip up some low-cal favorites for the masses.
Here are some sucralose-sweetened recipes:
Sweet Red Pepper Hummus
Thai Steak Salad
Icy Lemon Sorbet
And here are some low-cal drink recipes courtesy of Hungry Girl.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with a fun video. Regardless of Michael Jackson's mess of a personal life, I think most would agree that his music - and dancing - was nothing short of phenomenal. As a child of the 80s, I remember the hours spent dancing in white socks on the hardwood floor, attempting to learn the moonwalk and other signature MJ dance moves. I also remember walking around the neighborhood, carrying my little Fisher Price boombox, which always seemed to be blasting the Thriller soundtrack. Those were good times, indeed. Happy fourth, y'all!