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AARP Rewards Healthy Plate Contest, Week 4, May 24-31st
Welcome to the final week of our AARP Rewards Healthy Plate Contest, May 24-31, 2021
In honor of National Burger Day (5/28) and Memorial Day! We want you to share how your healthy eating ideas and tips work during a long holiday of eating! Share them here and get 50 AARP Rewards point as well as a chance to win our Week 4 topic. Rules: https://community.aarp.org/t5/AARP-Rewards-Connect/AARP-Rewards-Healthy-Plate-Contest-2021-Official-... . Click here to see information on the contest
I suggest grabbing veggies rather than carbs. Grab the carrots and celery rather than chips and dip. Keep healthy granola bars with you that you can have for a snack. Also substitute seltzer with lemon for sugary drinks. Keep a water bottled with you filled with ice and water for convenience.
When I'm invited to a get-together with friends, I do a couple of things. First, I eat before I go so I'm less prone to overeat while there. Second, I take a dish with me. That way, I can be certain that there will be at least one thing available that I can feel good about eating. Being proactive is the key to a healthy lifestyle!
I use the EatSmart food scale that I purchased on Amazon. It comes with a calorie factor book. Look up the food and find the factor per gram of weight. (There are complete instructions in the booklet.) The booklet contains a great variety of foods, either raw or cooked, and gives you an accurate calorie count for the food. I've used for over 8 years and love it!
I grill long slices or zucchini, yellow squash. I also wrap baked potatoes and put them in the fire. I boil a cut up chicken before I grill it. Then I grill chunks of watermelon and pineapple, thick slices of peaches and have that for dessert with chopped basil.
Here is a Mix and match menu for an outdoor barbeque. (A healthy plate cuts back on fats, sugars, and sodium.) You can always add heart-healthy options to a regular menu. Ask your diabetic friends for suggestions too. I attend parties for groups of 50, what I'd make for myself is heart-healthy and diabetic friendly--we've relatives and friends that are on Keto diets too! PS--the brought and bought desserts are too numerous to mention, so, I'll just add bring desserts that don't have to stay cold or hot--that is unless you're bringing an ice cream churn.
Regular Barbeque Menu
Grilled chicken or hamburgers or kosher hotdogs or barbeque pork or barbeque chicken.
Mustard, mayo, ketchup
Water, tea, lemonade
Heart-healthy options include the following in appropriate amounts for each individual.
Remember to plan a way to keep the cold foods cold and the hot foods hot.
Grilled chicken breast over a bed of spring mixed greens.
A black bean and corn side salad with purple onion slivers, slivered carrots, thinly cut radishes, cubed Roma tomatoes, Italian seasoning, yellow vinegar, olive oil, fresh ground black pepper
A punch bowl salad containing the following--cauliflower and broccoli florets, celery and carrot sticks, squash and zucchini rounds or sticks, sweet pepper strips, Italian seasoning, fresh ground pepper, olive oil. Salt in a shaker.
Zucchini chips with a fresh salsa dip.
Fruit platter, including watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, and orange segments, could make kabobs for the platter.
Spinach salad with strawberries, feta, pecans on a spinach bed of green. Raspberry vinegerette.
Cucumber and watermelon salad with fresh mint and feta cheese! It is a very refreshing dish that goes well with another delicious salad: the 5 beans salad, with chick peas, red beans, black beans, wax beans, green beans, red onion, bell pepper, red wine vinegar, olive oil and fresh herbs. These 2 salads, a few black olives, a few raw almonds and a hunk of sourdough bread, healthy and scrumptious! What a heavenly picnic!
Here's my plan: drink more water (than beer/wine); choose a smaller plate at the buffet instead of filling up a large dinner plate; select proteins and fruits and vegetables without sauces and dressings. Engage in another activity and not to hover over the food table.
Cooking on the grill makes my burger taste unbelievable. So many options. Vegetables are bonus freebies .Shiskabobs are so full of flavor and take minutes. Fresh cold leaf lettuce salads cool and refreshing. Throw in some strawberries.. negative calories !!
We will welcome our two young granddaughters to our home for fresh fruit and veggie prep with them to delight the hearts of us all!
Being together and kitchen fun with a 4 and 6 year old lets them learn food sourcing and options of preparing food. They work side by side to shown their love.
Life skills in the kitchen are the key to a life well lived.
My plan for this Holiday weekend is to prepare 2 raw veggie salads (including cucumber, celery and zucchini for hydration), 1 fruit salad for the house and make 2 dozen deviled eggs to take to a BBQ. I have gas for the grill. I'll keep meal prep to a minimum and prep as much food as I can on Friday. On Thursday I will grocery shop and I'm also making a large pan of brownies (no sugar, w applesauce) for the sweet tooth.
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