Summer is here and, invariably, the ritual of BBQ’ing on the weekend returns, and with good reason. The backyard barbeque ritual is simply fun, relaxing and, of course, provides a brilliant selection of great tasting meals to the table. That said, great tasting should not compromise health concerns and, thus, the enterprising Iron Game Athlete should consider the following rules:
1. Don’t proceed to cooking before properly cleaning your cooking surface. Do make use of these cleaning instructions http://usplabsdirect.com/blog/instant-training-improvement-tips-grilling-for-strength.html
2. Don’t make the outdoor cooking season a gateway to poor food choices and meals that are not nutritionally balanced. Protein, vegetables and healthy fats are your best options.
3. Don’t eat hot dogs! Don’t feel insulted. Instead, look at the ingredients made up of the foul scraps of “food” taken from the floor. However, do try well-made sausages that are prepared by your local butcher from high-quality meat sources.
4. Don’t use commercially-packaged condiments. Instead, make your own. Yes, I know I have just ruled out some of the world’s largest companies but they really aren’t interested in your health and fitness goals. Do make use of these recipes for marinades and other sauces http://usplabsdirect.com/blog/instant-training-improvement-tips-grilling-for-strength-2.html
5. Don’t replace hydration requirements with beer. It really doesn’t work that way.
6. Don’t buy the white enriched flour hamburger buns because they are on sale and within steps of the grocery store’s entrance. Market analysis dictates men will make a purchasing decision quickly and leave said store. As much as I prefer limiting the majority of commercially-made breads and replacing them with a homemade version, you can try a whole wheat variation if otherwise.
7. Don’t replace your healthy carbohydrate sources with packaged snacks. Fruit and vegetables are tremendous ‘snacks’ whereas bags of cleverly-named products are the conduit to poor dietary habits and, ultimately, failing health.
8. Don’t overcook meat. Do purchase a meat thermometer and pay attention when cooking your food. Burning meat isn’t ‘cooking’.
9. Don’t use processed cheese for your cheeseburgers. Do purchase a cheese cutting tool and use only real cheese (not a plastic concoction).
10. Don’t purchase poor grades of meat that are generally packaged in a far off land with remarkably low-quality standards that are “marinating” in a sauce (to disguise that it’s a poor cut of meat) of untold chemical concoctions.
Finally a little bonus tip: Don’t sit outside with friends staring at the miracles of your mobile devices. Turn everything off, bid farewell to the vast wonders of social media for the weekend and embrace summer with your friends.
Life, experience it.
Prepared by John Davies
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