Thursday, August 1, 2019
Who doesn’t love a barbecue? Relaxing, indulgent and so much variety; it is a summer staple in many UK households. However, as wonderful as barbecues are, they come with two big issues: safety- you are more at risk of undercooking food with potentially disastrous consequences; and over-indulgence- with meat aplenty, lashings of sauces and a couple of drinks, it is easy for your calories to get out of control.
In this blog, we take a look at what you can do to optimise your barbie enjoyment by NOT poisoning yourself or your guests and NOT overeating.
Avoiding Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is caused by eating food that is contaminated with certain bacteria such as campylobacter, E.coli or salmonella. Sometimes food poisoning is mild and can be dealt with at home, but it can be fatal, particularly to more vulnerable people (those with other conditions, the elderly or the very young). According to the Food Standards Agency, up to 5.5 million British people get food poisoning each year. Warm ambient temperatures, hot grills, food sitting out in the sun and (maybe) a tipsy chef are not the recipe for ideal food safety. Here are some quick tips to keep it safe:
If you are on a weight loss programme, a barbecue doesn’t have to fill you with anxiety. You may associate having a barbecue with having one of everything from the barbie as well as lashings of potato salad, coleslaw, a burger and a hot dog topped off with mayo, tomato sauce and maybe a splash of barbecue sauce for good measure. Barbecues can, in fact, be the perfect, low-calorie, high-protein meal. Use these top tips to cut the calories and enjoy a delicious meal in the sunshine:
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