Tweak your barbie to cut calories

FRESH healthy ingredients are the key to eating better this spring, and there has never been a better time to buy up big on fresh fruit and vegies.

Nothing says summer like a great Aussie barbecue, and with a few simple changes you can add some healthier alternatives to your dinner plate.

Hervey Bay Health Divine dietician Peter St Henry said outdoor gatherings like barbecues were a great place for healthy foods.

"It's really easy for people to fall back to snags, but there is so much more out there," Mr St Henry said.

"People who do like sausages can try kanga bangers (kangaroo sausages), lean beef snags or even chicken snags.

"They all contain less than 10% fat."

Mr St Henry said barbecued vegetables also made for a great meal, and could be grilled on kebabs.

"Grilled vegies and seafood kebabs are perfect in this climate," he said.

"Rissoles are also a great addition to meals as well. People should really put a can of kidney beans in their mixes or legumes to make them healthier."

Steering clear of sweet sugary drinks was also a good idea when it came to social events, Mr St Henry said.

"Home-made ice teas are a fantastic drink," he said.

"They are a great substitute for store-bought ones and soft drinks, as they both contain far too much sugar."

Try adding...

Kale to salads

Salmon to kebabs

Walnuts to snacks

Roasted pumpkin to salads

Blueberries to fruit salads or fresh juices

Spinach to salads



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