1. Swap mayonnaise for mustard
Avoid creamy salads made with mayonnaise that are high in fat and unwanted calories. Instead of mayo mixed through your BBQ favourites, potato salad and oleslaw, use some wholegrain mustard mixed with Greek yoghurt instead.
It will still be creamy and taste great, but will be much lower in fat and calories and will be much better for your health, being a good source of protein, beneficial probiotics and calcium. Don’t forget to make a big green leafy salad with plenty of salad vegetables topped with a healthy dressing of olive oil, lemon, mustard or balsamic vinegar, with some fresh herbs or extra flavour and goodness.
2. Swap sauce for salsa
Tomato and BBQ sauce contains sugar and is high in sodium. In just 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce you are looking at one teaspoon of sugar and 160mg of sodium – and who just stops at 1 tablespoon of sauce. Some healthier toppings for your sausage roll or BBQ steak are mustard, fermented veggies, or homemade pesto, or salsa. You can buy sugar-free or reduced, and sodium-reduced tomato sauces now, which are better choices.
3. Swap butter for lime juice
If you like BBQ corn on the cob you should hold off on the butter, this will add a lot of unwanted fat and calories to your meal. Instead opt for a pinch of sea salt or a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.