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Punch Up Nutrients at Next BBQ

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Summertime is in full swing and that means (hopefully!) tons of backyard BBQs before winter hits.

After long, cold winters, I always forget how great the BBQ is.

They’re quick, they don’t heat up an already too-hot house, and possibly best of all? Way fewer dishes!

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Here are some of my favourite tricks to add more nutrients, to a meal that packs quite the punch!

Want to add extra omega-3 fats?

  • A mashed avocado or guacamole should be a condiment of choice! Plus, it can add a Mexican flair to a regular ole burger patty.

Reap the many benefits of cruciferous vegetables! These guys decrease the risk of cancer, improve hormonal balance, helps your liver out during the detox process, and many other pros!

  • For a quick swap that throws a little funk into the mix: opt for arugula instead of lettuce

  • If you’re a spicy food lover, or you dig trying new flavours: use wasabi or horseradish or kimchi as condiments

Switch out the patty:

  • Tally up the omega-3s and try a salmon one instead of beef

Help maintain your blood sugar balance:

  • Switch a white hamburger bun for a sourdough bun which is a low glycemic index carbs (meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar compared to white bread products)

Hummus as a condiment?

  • You bet! It’ll add fibre, magnesium, folate, potassium, and selenium - what a simple nutrient infuser!

Experiment with plant-based:

  • Options like a black bean or mushroom burger are delicious as can be!

  • Try adding tofu to your kebabs instead of meat!

Sneak in more veggies:

  • Make your own hidden vegetable burger patties. Grated zucchini, carrot,s or finely diced mushrooms work really well!

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Letisha Hodges is a registered dietitian nutritionist with 7 years of experience in women’s health, healthy relationships with food, weight management, and PCOS. Follow her on Instagram & Facebook, or join our email list for more helpful tips.

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