Each year, families and friends gather around the grill to enjoy some sunshine and celebrate America’s birthday on the Fourth of July.
The traditional cookout typically hosts burgers, dogs and a mixture of convenient and pre-made sides and dessert. The average ¼ pound burger on a bun comes with 439 calories, 23 g of fat, 613 mg sodium and 83mg of cholesterol. That does not even include the add-ons that you put on your burger like cheese, chili, lettuce, pickles, condiments and so on! It is safe to say that a burger is not exactly the most cholesterol conscious or heart friendly choice. As for the dogs-though they are normally less calorically dense as compared to their burger counterpart, they still come with their own health concerns. Among the commonly found chemicals and additives in a hotdog is hormones, antibiotics, nitrates, MSG and high fructose corn syrup just to name a few.
So when you weigh the burger to dog options out you may actually realize that it would be best to opt for healthier, yet equally tasty meal options. Here are a few ideals to get you started!
Healthier Meat options
- Lean or extra lean beef
Healthier Side Options
- Grilled corn
- Veggie skewers
- Side salad
- Coleslaw with a healthful twist
Healthier Dessert Options
- Watermelon slices
- Peaches and cream pops
- Frozen grapes
Happy 4th of July!
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHWC, CPT, CMS
Health Advisor | Email Casey