Ready to get healthier this summer? Create a healthier plate at dinner time. Next time you are at a backyard barbeque or even if you’re just cooking at home, think about making these simple swaps to your summer dinner plate.
Burgers are a summer staple that you'll see at most barbecues and picnics. But a juicy beef burger topped with “the works” could easily run you 500 calories or more. And that’s before you add the side dishes! Here are some simple swaps that you can make to build yourself a better burger.
You’ll also find a lot of heavy side dishes at picnics and barbeques. But when it comes time to fill your plate, remember the diabetes plate method. Half of your plate should be non-starchy vegetables, so look for side dishes like grilled vegetable kabobs, fresh green salads, or lightly dressed coleslaw.
Do you already have a bun on your burger? One-fourth of your plate is for starch, so you’ve already covered the starchy food if you’ve got a bun. If not, choose a starchy side that will provide you with some extra nutrients and fiber. Some ideas are bean salads, grain salads, or corn on the cob.
If you are looking for tasty side dish recipes with summer produce, check out some of our favorites, which are listed below:
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by Steven Petusevsky
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