The study, which was conducted by Boots and the Tony Ferguson Weightloss Programme, found that the average helping at a BBQ is two sausages, one-and-a-half burgers, two chicken drumsticks, one-and-a-half meat skewers, fish, a baked potato, a green side salad, pasta salad, a dessert and a bowel of fruit salad.
As the average family will have around nine barbecues this summer, experts are suggesting concentrating on only one or two meat and salad options for each meal. Simple measures such as removing chicken skin will also help to reduce fat content. To give meat like chicken more flavour pop into foil with lemon juice, spices and herbs and cook it on the barbecue and take off the foil in the last few minutes to achieve a smokey flavour.
Whatever diners decide on the should always consider portion control. Just because it is a barbecue it doesn’t mean you should keep on eating once you feel full up. Perhaps making a small adjustment to a much loved saying would help to get the message across ‘take another shrimp off the barbie’.
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