Hidden Calories in BBQ Food: Make Healthier Choices Instead

Hidden Calories in BBQ Food (Image Source: Shutterstock)

BBQ Foods to avoid:

Creamy pasta/potato salads:

These salads are loaded with mayonnaise, pasta, and other creamy dressings, which means it is loaded with calories as well. These are also a bit dangerous if left out in the sun; it becomes a breeding ground for food poisoning. If this is something you must have on your plate, bring your own and try a pasta or potato salad with a vinaigrette dressing. Or, use Icelandic or Greek yogurt as the foundation for your salad dressing.


There are many things that are pretty scary about our meat industry, and processed meats are the scariest of them all. You’re better off having the butcher grind the meat for you, or even better, you can make your own patties at home. Here’s why: . It’s often used as a cheap filler in ground beef. There is a ton of trans fat in beef and a ton of additives in ground beef like sodium phosphate and nitrates that allow the beef to last longer on the shelf. And speaking of sodium, one burger can pack between 500 milligrams all the way up to 4000 milligrams of sodium. The recommendation is no more than 2300 milligrams per day.

Opt For Very Lean Patties (Image Source: Shutterstock)


The industry has found a way to make every part of the animal consumable. And this means grinding up everything that we wouldn’t normally buy off the shelf (including gizzards, cartilage, and bones), adding some serious spices to it (some sodium nitrate to extend the shelf life), and stuffing it into an intestinal lining. Viola; you have the modern hot dog. They are extremely high in sodium and have a ton of fat, so I would suggest steering clear of this BBQ meat.

Hotdogs Are Extremely High In Sodium And Have a Ton Of Fat (Image Source: Shutterstock)

It’s Easy to Make Healthier Choices at Your Next BBQ

There are always healthier alternatives to BBQ foods that not only taste better but also make you feel better, too. It’s important to remember where our food comes from and how it’s processed, because the majority of the food industry does not care about our well being, but cares mostly about how much money they can get out of one cow, or one pig. So by adding fillers to processed meats, they are able to double the amount of meat from one cow. Look for words like “pure” and “99–100%,” and continue to check the ingredients label, even on meat.



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