BBQ season is so close we can almost smell it!
With the warmer weather thankfully comes the BBQ season. A staple of our kiwi summer diet; sausages, steak, chicken, fish and more are the culinary smells that accompany us at this time of the year. If your trusty two-wheeler BBQ has seen better days, then it’s definitely time for an upgrade and that’s where we can help, especially if you want to upgrade some of your out-door living at the same time.
A big plus is your new BBQ and area will look great and you’re friends and neighbours will be soooooo jealous. Of course, it may not be a new BBQ and area you’ve been thinking about, it could be any of the following:
- New deck
- Spa pool
- Replace the fence
- Pave/concrete the driveway
- Kitchen/bathroom upgrade
- Man cave development
- New garage or shed
- Create an extra room, like an outdoor office
It all adds value to your property so enhancing the property is a good investment.
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Below is an article we found on making your BBQ experience just that little bit healthier 🙂
Healthier BBQ Options
Traditionally, the centre of a BBQ is an assortment of meats and bread, with vegetables and salads playing a more minor role. It has been estimated that at one BBQ meal alone, we can tally up to 2,000 calories—let’s look at how we can make BBQs a healthier summer addition to our diets!
Irish diets are rapidly changing; one clear change has been the reduction in meat and dairy consumption in recent years with people moving to more ‘flexitarian’ diet habits (limiting the amount of meat or dairy products in the diet). As the variety in our diets has undergone a welcome improvement, it is worth exploring a host of other suitable barbecue foods which will cater to a range of dietary preferences as well as inject additional healthy vitamins and minerals into this BBQ season.
Fruits and vegetables fit right in with a barbecue spread, either paired with meat or enjoyed alone. Not only can they add variety to the meal, but they also help to reduce the number of calories in the meal by bulking up our plates. Some tasty examples include aubergine, courgette, carrots, peppers, onion, pineapple, tomatoes, corn on the cob, portobello mushrooms, and cauliflower.
And why not try barbecuing fruits for dessert? The natural sugars in fruit will caramelise, heightening the sweetness and flavour. Thinly sliced apple and pear, pineapple, halved bananas, figs, peaches, and plums are all great options alone or with some natural yoghurt.
Some other tips for ensuring a healthful barbecue:
- Choosing a lean protein: fish, skinless chicken/turkey breast, ground turkey, and cuts of lean red meat are all healthy options. Be aware of portion sizes—an easy trap to fall into at a barbecue is overdoing the protein portions.
- Try barbecuing bean burgers, marinated tofu or halloumi as meat alternatives.
- Avoid high-fat meats and reduce the number of additional fats added during preparation and cooking—meats and vegetables produce moisture during cooking, which means less butter and oil are required.
- Choose healthier sides. Try fresh salads, mixed beans, whole grain rice, or baked potatoes instead of the staple coleslaw and creamy potato salad.
- Make BBQ fruit a tasty dessert.