Summer is officially here, and if you’re anything like us, the summer season means that backyard BBQs and family gatherings are a regular weekend occurrence. So how do you stay on track with so many parties, cookouts, and events this summer? The answer is actually a lot simpler than you might think! I’m breaking down my top four tips and tricks for staying on track while still enjoying your favorite family festivities.
Here’s a look at some of my party and picnic faves to keep you on track:
- Protein before you party: Before heading out of the house to a family BBQ or special event, take a few minutes to drink a quick protein shake first. Although it may seem counter-intuitive to eat before you eat, it’ll keep you full and satiated throughout the day, leading to fewer temptations and more room for success in sticking to your goals. Having a protein shake as your pre-game will also ensure you’re hitting those high protein macros as well! We call that a win-win-win!
- Chug, Chug, Chug…Water, that is!: When heading out for any party, event, or even a quick errand, it’s extremely important to keep your water close by. Not only is summer a prime time for dehydration, but we often mistake hunger for thirst, so keeping hydrated can help squelch those phantom hunger pangs and keep your appetite on track. Drink up!
- Grab the greens: Deprivation is certainly not the name of the game when it comes to family parties and celebrating with friends—it’s all about moderation. Filling your plate with fresh fruits and veggies and grilled meat and then adding in small amounts of grandma’s famous potato salad or those mouthwatering potato chips will ensure you stay on track with your diet goals while still living in the moment. Eliminating your favorite foods entirely can lead to overindulging later on, so try to fill up on the foods that are good for you first, leaving just a bit of room for those diet busters.
- BYOF: Bring Your Own Food! I’m not talking in the killjoy, bring a Tupperware full of perfectly portioned ground turkey and rice kind of way, I’m talking about contributing to family potlucks with a delicious, nutritious clean(er) food that the whole fam can get on board with! Try one of our Powell Pack-approved favorites like our Spinach Artichoke Dip or Corn and Black Bean Salsa. This is one of my favorite ways to stay on track and still feel like I’m enjoying the party to the fullest!
Family parties and holiday celebrations are meant to be enjoyed, not stressed over! Keep on track the best you can by using my easy tips and making good, healthy choices whenever you can. Do you have a secret to surviving family functions and parties with friends? Let me know your tricks to success!
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