As a registered dietitian, I hear it all the time from clients ….”I was doing great until I went to a BBQ this weekend.” Summer barbecues do not have to mean taking a hiatus from healthy eating. Many of your traditional BBQ foods can be heavy and calorie laden, but with a few tricks and some creativity you can plan a delicious and healthy spread that will please everyone.
Red snapper is a lean source of protein, rich in vitamins and fatty-acids. It makes the perfect centerpiece for summer dinners with friends and family. My favorite recipe balances the mild taste of the fish with the bold, clean flavors of lemon and olive oil.
I like to serve this stunning entree with family style sides of roasted veggies and creamy polenta. After dinner there’s still plenty of room for a summer treat like warm berries over vanilla ice cream or refreshing watermelon slushies.
Eat fish at least twice a week for an excellent source of lean protein and valuable omega-3s. Fish—especially the “oily” kinds, like as salmon—are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that protect the heart. New guidelines from the FDA and EPA now say fish is OK for pregnant woman and children. The new draft advice recommends pregnant and breastfeeding women eat a minimum of 8 ounces of seafood weekly.