Even though barbeques are notoriously known for foods high in sugar, processed fats, and carb-laden side dishes, there are still plenty of dietary changes that can help you create a healthy solution to this year’s wonderful summer session.
1. First off, make yeast-containing foods your enemy. This will ensure you’re not consuming too many rich sauces, such as barbeque, ketchup, and marinades, which contain hidden sugars, common allergens, and yeast by-products. This strategy will help you avoid spikes in blood sugar; therefore, stabilizing your glucose levels. In short, it’s a win-win carb situation.
2. Make healthy saturated fats, such as grass-fed hamburger, sausage, and steak the cornerstone of your barbeque banquet. Of course, avoid the bun. Organic fats are a healthy way to deliver a wide spectrum of Vitamin B, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A, plus a plethora of other vital nutrients your body needs to maintain optimal wellness. Undoubtedly, it’s an important food category in the Silver Cloud Diet. Last but not least, stay away from all processed meats and cheeses. Ahem, hotdog.
3. Eat all fresh non-starchy vegetables. Similarly, make sure you choose organic or locally farmed produce as your salad substrates of choice. The Silver Cloud Diet, while very much food specific, is a non-restrictive and easy to follow health program, which allows you the right to consume plenty of nutritionally dense high-fat foods. For this reason, we suggest you slather plenty of dark green leafy vegetables with cultured butter, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil. In short, healthy fats such as these are crucial for cell membrane health, protect against oxidative damage, and contain large amounts of fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, and K.
4. Watch out for sugar, which will lead to a mid-afternoon energy lull. Keep in mind, sugars disrupt hormone levels, contribute to weight gain, and promote advanced glycation end- products. As a result, your body produces a group of pro-inflammatory mediator’s contributing to further age- and diabetes-related conditions. For starters, choose fresh water over juice, sweetened tea, and soda. If you have a sweet tooth; in particular a natural one, you can try making a refreshing coconut milk smoothie with some antioxidant-rich berries of your choice.
So, what is your favorite low-carb barbeque recipe?