Skinny Girl BBQ

May 24, 2011 at 1:40 p.m. ET

Ladies, before you even begin making a list for the food you'll need to prepare for your man's high-fat barbecue blowout, think about those snugly, long sweaters you'll be shedding for bikinis soon. With nothing to hide the effects of those hearty meals and hot cocoa used to stave off cold winter nights, you'll want to entice your man to rethink his menu choices so all that exercise you fully intend on doing will not be wasted.

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In order to prevent a complete meltdown of your hard-earned diet this summer, share these low fat, low calorie alternatives with your favorite cook from celebrity nutritionist Carl Germano, RD, CDN, a New York board certified clinical nutritionist and chief science officer of Inergetics, the makers of SURGEX™ sports supplements:


INSTEAD OF: Beef burgers or sliders with cheese

TRY: Turkey sliders with sliced tomatoes


INSTEAD OF: Franks on the grill

TRY: Chicken teriyaki skewers


INSTEAD OF: Nachos with cheese and jalapeños

TRY: Baked nachos with guacamole, tomatoes, and jalapeños


INSTEAD OF: Fried cheese breadsticks

TRY: Sourdough bread bowls with low fat spinach dip, celery, and carrots


INSTEAD OF: French fries

TRY: Baked potato skins with tomato/basil bruschetta


INSTEAD OF: Beef chili with shredded cheese

TRY: Low fat turkey chili with black beans, corn, and salsa


INSTEAD OF: Fried buffalo wings with ranch dip

TRY: Baked chicken wings with a hot sauce dip


INSTEAD OF: Regular pizza

TRY: A whole wheat margarita pizza


INSTEAD OF: Chips, cookies, and brownies for snacks or dessert

TRY: Air popped popcorn, oat pretzels, and fresh fruit


INSTEAD OF: Beer, soda and juice

TRY: Flavored seltzer and water


Once this discussion is over and the menu decision made, smooth your macho man's ruffled feathers and let him light the fire! You'll both be healthier for it.

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