Veggie munching, summertime grillin’

In most parts of the country it is unofficially summer. Except where I live … in the Bay Area. It has been like winter around here: cool, rainy, wet, windy, not sunny.

So I am guessing my readers from everywhere except here have already done some grilling, been to a barbecue or are planning one very soon.

I have figured out a few ways to make those summer barbecues a little less scary when it comes to caloric intake.

When invited to a barbecue I have been known to take my own food with me to grill. A portobello mushroom is a great burger substitute. When you put the mushroom on the grill all the juices come out and it is absolutely delicious. The portobello is a meaty mushroom.

Boca burgers or Morningstar burgers work as well. I personally prefer the mushroom over the “fake” burgers.

I have also taken my own bread before. Two slices of Sara Lee Delightfuls are only 90 calories. Oroweat Sandwich Thins are 100 calories and are a good bun substitute.

For snacks you can have crunchy veggies with salsa or a little ranch or hummus or whatever. I talked about crunchy … Continue reading

Ordering from the menu can be scary

My co-worker Tony and I try to motivate each other in the exercise/caloric intake category. We share tips and advice whenever we can.

Tony has been doing really well lately when it comes to eating. And his exercise is stellar.

Me not so much. I am doing a little better with the food. But as I type this I am drinking a beer (at least it is Corona light) while watching my Wildcats play (and BEAT) Duke! So a beer is called for. (I have been trying to keep alcohol to weekends. But this is a special occasion.)

Anyway, he came over yesterday to tell me that it was his wife’s birthday and they were going out to dinner to a brewery. So you can figure out the type of food available. Funny thing is, she is pregnant and he is avoiding alcohol.

Tony told me that he remembered my suggestion about looking at the menu ahead of time to figure out what you wanted to order. He printed out the online menu and asked me what I would order. I looked at the menu and told him I would order the portobello mushroom sandwich without the aioli mayo and … Continue reading