Top 5 Tips to a Healthier July 4 BBQ from Jillian Michaels

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Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country motivating and educating millions of people on how to live their healthiest life. Most recently a trainer on the ‘Biggest Loser,’ a celebrated author, and health and fitness expert, TV’s toughest trainer has given us top advice for those of you wanting to maintain  your body during the holiday weekend.

With the 4th of July right around the corner, Jillian has come up with some healthy eating tips to help America celebrate its birthday. Though it’s a time for friends and feasts, those that want to maintain their beach body may want to be careful about their Independence Day food selections.

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Tip 1: Chose a Leaner Meat
Though beef burgers and hot dogs are traditional, choose a leaner cut of meat such as a tuna steak, chicken or white meat turkey, lean grass fed ground beef or flank steak, even a vegetarian option like a portabello mushroom is a great choice.

Tip 2: Skip the bread
Pick a whole wheat bun or even better – go bun less and wrap a piece of lettuce around your protein.

Tip 3: It’s all about the Veggies
Incorporate veggies into your meal whether its summer salad, extra fun toppings on your burger or a side of grilled vegetable skewers.  Just be sure not to douse your food in dressings or condiments.

Tip 4: Snacking is ok…just pick the right ones
Choose healthier snack options like Popchips over fried potato chips. (Want some of our choices for healthy snacking options? Read more.)

Tip 5: Watch Your Alcohol Consumption
Try to cut out some of the alcohol and drink non sweetened ice teas and water.  If you must drink go with a light white wine, or a vodka soda. Leave out all the sugar laden high calorie mixers like juice or sugar soda’s.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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