5 Healthy BBQ Swaps

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5 Healthy BBQ Swaps

Getting together for an alfresco meal with your friends and family is one of the best things to do in the summer, but BBQs can spell trouble when it comes to sticking to a healthy diet. Here, I’ve put together five of the foods to avoid at your next alfresco cook-up, and given healthy BBQ alternatives to help you stay on track.

 

AVOID: BURNT AND PROCESSED MEATS

Healthy Food Swap: Say no to cheap sausages that are black on the outside and pink on the inside at your next BBQ. Instead, swap them for delicious fish skewers made with monkfish (rich in selenium) or salmon and mackerel (rich in omega-3 fatty acids). Layer with tasty vegetables like red peppers (a great source of vitamin C) and onions. Make a few meat and fish-free options for vegetarian / vegan guests.

Try: This fish skewers recipe

 

AVOID: HIGH GI CARBS LIKE POTATO AND PASTA SALADS

Healthy Food Swap: Replace your pasta and potato salads for lighter salads. Try a tasty tomato, avocado and basil salad dressed with olive oil. This tomato and avocado is nutrient dense, delicious and refreshing in the hot weather.

Try: This tomato and shallot salad 

 

AVOID: WHITE BREAD ROLLS

Healthy Food Swap: Ditch buttery brioche rolls and serve meats and fish from the BBQ on a quinoa or wild rice based salad. Quinoa makes a great base for BBQ salads, and is a good source of protein, iron and potassium.

Try: This wild rice salad recipe 

 

AVOID: ICE CREAM

Healthy Food Swap: Instead of large scoop of ice cream for dessert, try making your own healthy version using frozen banana slices blended with peanut butter and almond milk. This ‘nice cream’ is easy to make and just as tasty and refreshing as the real deal. Alternatively, get a little more mileage out of your BBQ and coat some pineapple slices in cinnamon before roasting them on the grill – delicious!

Try: This banana and peanut butter nice cream recipe 

 

AVOID: FIZZY DRINKS

Healthy Food Swap: Rather than keeping guests hydrated with bottles of caffeinated fizzy drinks and sugary flavoured water, make pitchers of iced fruit water (lemon, mint, raspberry and cucumber all work well) to keep everyone happy. Or why not try homemade iced tea? T2 has a host of fruity flavours that work perfectly, and they even make dedicated iced tea jugs for sharing. Just add plenty of fruit to make it look and taste extra special.

Try: These iced tea making tips 

So, make sure these BBQ food swaps are on the menu if you’re playing host this summer, or RSVP to your next BBQ invite with an offer to bring supplies; these healthy, seasonal options are sure to go down a treat with everyone.



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Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

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NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

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Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

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Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

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Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

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