Fourth of July Barbecue: Best and Worst FoodsPosted on Jul 2nd 2010 1:00PM by Martha Edwards
Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss
But the celebrations can come with a pretty hefty price tag, and we're not talking about money here -- indulge too much and you'll have to make up for your sins with serious sweat time. In fact, a typical Fourth of July barbecue menu can have as much as 1,667 calories -- sheesh! That could take hours to run off.
So before you plow through your third cheeseburger, piece of corn on the cob or margarita, consider the damage that these classic barbecue foods will do.
Cheeseburgers. Come on, did you really think there was any way they could be good for you? A cheeseburger can have up to 600 calories, and it will rarely have less than 350.
Potato Salad. At 358 calories for a small serving, it's best left in the bowl.
Baked Potatoes. Just a large potato on its own (that's sans sour cream, butter, anything) can have more than 200 calories.
Chips 'n Dip. You're diligent about not keeping chips in your house, so why inhale them at a barbecue? A serving of chips has around 150 calories, plus about 200 for the dip. Ouch.
Corn on the Cob with butter. Sure, the corn is good for you, but the butter sure isn't -- this side will cost you around 200 calories.
Margaritas. They have around 740 calories when they're made with pre-packaged sour mix. Totally not worth it.
Turkey Burgers. Load your burger with tasty and unique toppings like avocado, salsa and pineapple. As for the bun, try to go with a whole wheat one, or skip it all together.
Veggies 'n Dip, but go easy on the dip. Cool, crunchy, delicious veggies are a great way to get fill up and get a dose of vitamins and fiber.
Any salad that doesn't have a mayonnaise or sour cream base.
Corn on the Cob with no butter. Juicy, sweet and delicious corn is actually a healthy treat, but only if you don't slather it in butter, you know. One cob only has about 60 calories.
Popsicles. You thought I was going to say fruit salad, didn't you? Fruit is definitely a great option, but if you're looking for a low-calorie treat that makes you feel like you're cheating on your diet, a popsicle is a great choice. Sure, it's loaded with sugar, but it only has about 40 calories. You can even make your own.
Sangria. This Spanish cocktail can have as little as 80 calories (if you make sure to add in plenty of soda water!) and the fruit offers antioxidants. Alcohol is still empty calories, but if you're going to indulge, bring some sangria to the party and pass it around, saving just a glass or two for yourself.
Cooking this year? Check out these healthy barbecue recipes that will cut fat and calories -- but not flavor.