Delicious barbecue smells can cause anyone to lose all inhibitions especially when it comes to chowing down. But just a few simple healthy food exchanges can help you stay on track and keep your diet from going up in flames. Sari Greaves, RD CDN Media Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association gives your menu a makeover for your next bbq blowout.

Typical Barbecue Meal:
Cheeseburger, 3 oz. 315 15
½ cup Potato Salad 180 10
½ cup Coleslaw 120 12
Potato chips, 16 150 10
Hot Dog on Roll 310 18
2 beers, 24 ounce 300 0
Apple Pie, 1 slice 300 12
TOTAL 1675 77
Revised BBQ Meal:
Plain Burger, 3 oz. (made with 90% lean beef) 184 10
Fresh vegetable salad, 3 cups 30 0
Light dressing, 2 Tbsp 50 2
Potato chips, 16 150 10
Chicken Kabob, 3 oz. (White-meat) 110 3
Hummus, 2 Tbsp 50 2
Mini whole wheat pita, 1 65 0
Lite beer, 12 oz 100 0
Seltzer with lime 0 0
Fruit salad, 1 cup 120 <1
TOTAL 709 17
Calories Saved: 966
Fat grams Saved: 60

Save an additional 64 calories and 7 fat grams by swapping the hamburger for a veggie burger!