Picnic Survival Tips

Memorial Day always kicks off the summer picnics.  This doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your waistline.  You can still have fun and eat healthy.  Here are some of go girls tricks.

  1.  Always bring the low cal appetizers like raw veggies with a low fat dip,  fruit salad, or a healthier version of a side dish.
  2. Try to stay away from the high fat meats, such as, hotdogs, sausage, or ribs.  Choose the grilled chicken or even a small or half a burger.
  3. Take only 1 starchy side, like potato salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad, or baked beans.
  4. Have fruit for dessert.
  5. Stay away from the sugary drinks.  Instead choose diet drinks or bottled water.
  6. Limit your alcoholic beverages.  To save calories use diet soda or seltzer water for mixers and lite beer is the better option.
  7. Most importantly exercise before the picnic.  Take a power walk or bike ride in the morning.  You will actually feel more energized for the rest of the day.

Here’s the links to my favorite low cal recipes from Kraft foods:

http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/creamy-layered-fruit-sensation-90571.aspx

http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/zesty-grilled-veggies-65545.aspx

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