It is that time of year again ... 'Tis the season for barbeques!! Although barbeques are great for the whole family, BBQ foods can be high in saturated fat, low in fiber and packed with calories. If you are trying to maintain your shape or lose a few pounds for bikini season, don't fret, there are so many healthy and delicious foods to substitute.

Tanya's Tips

1) Simply grill it:With barbeques comes barbeque sauce. One tablespoon of sweet barbeque sauce has 20 calories, 4 carbohydrates and no fiber. Although this doesn't seem like a lot of calories, who only uses 1 tablespoon of BBQ sauce? Eliminating sauces can be an easy way to cut calories.

2) Choose lean protein:Lean meats, such as chicken, fish, turkey and sirloin provide less calories, saturated fat and cholesterol than high-fat meats, such as hot dogs, and full-fat hamburger meat. One ounce of lean protein has 45-65 less calories, and 5-8 grams less fat than high-fat meat. Opt for chicken or shrimp skewers, and if your hamburger craving is a must, chose USDA Select or Choice grades of lean beef trimmed of fat, such as ground sirloin.

3) Choose whole-grain buns:Whole-grain products have more fiber than white bread. Remember, fiber is the indigestible part of carbohydrate that provides bulk without any calories. Fiber fills you up without filling you out.

4) Skip the potato and pasta salads:Traditionally-made potato and pasta salads are loaded with calories and fat. They provide excess calories in the form of carbohydrate without any fiber, which may cause drops in blood sugar, making you feel lethargic and irritable an hour after you eat them. Instead, make a big salad mixed with all your favorite veggies. Spinach and rocket lettuce are in season - or throw some sliced vegetables on the grill - asparagus is also in season and grills very nicely.

5) Choose your alcohol wisely:Alcohol is allowed on the F-Factor diet, however, some choices are better than others. So, if you want to have a drink in the shade and you are a beer-lover, try low-carb beer. Otherwise, chilled white wine is always yummy or vodka and Crystal Light tastes great, especially when it is blended with some ice!!

6) Don't forget to hydrate:Although alcohol is allowed on the F-Factor diet, drinking in the sun can speed up the effects of alcohol. Alcohol plus sun can equal headache and dehydration. Therefore, it is important to drink adequate water when the sun is hot, especially if you are drinking alcohol. Drinking 6-8, 8 oz. glasses of water every day is great for your skin, helps regulate bowel function and will prevent dehydration, so don't forget to DRINK UP!

F-Factor Best Bets

*On the Grill - a serving size is about 4-5 oz.

Calories (kcal)

Fat (g)

Saturated Fat (g)

Carbs (g)

Protein (g)

Fiber

Chicken(1oz)

35

0-1

0

0

7

0

Shrimp(1oz)

35

0-1

0

0

7

0

Salmon(1oz)

55

3

0.5

0

7

0

Lamb Chop(1oz)

55

3

1.2

0

7

0

Sirloin(1oz)

55

3

1*

0

7

0

Turkey(1oz)

55

3

0*

0

7

0

Instead of Potato Salad and Cole Slaw - Try this!

Tanya's House Salad

1 bag romaine hearts (or spinach, rocket lettuce) 1 bag baby carrots 2 celery hearts 1 red pepper 1 seedless cucumber 1 box cherry tomatoes 1 14-ounce can hearts of palm 1 14-ouce can garbanzo beans 1 red onion

Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD is a nutritionist and founder of

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Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian in New York City and the author of two bestselling diet books: The F-Factor Diet and The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with Fiber.

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