Prepare your sunscreen and gather your friends because Heritage Day is on Sunday! South Africans across the nation are gearing up to celebrate this special day with a braai. While indulging in a delicious braai is a beloved tradition, it can pose a challenge if you’re committed to meeting specific nutritional goals. Here are four ways to make the most of a Heritage Day braai without compromising your nutritional goals.
1. Stay Hydrated
As you soak up the outdoors this weekend, with the warm weather in full swing, it’s essential to stay well-hydrated. While sugary drinks may be in abundance at a Heritage Day braai, they often come with empty kilojoules. However, there’s no need to settle for plain water. Try concocting a delightful and refreshing beverage by adding a few lime slices, some mint leaves, and a dash of mango-flavoured herbal aloe concentrate or a herbal beverage.
2. Incorporate Nutrient-Rich Snacks
A memorable braai experience isn’t solely defined by the grill. There’s something special about lounging with loved ones, soaking up the sun and conversation, all while nibbling on scrumptious snacks. Staying true to your nutrition goals doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this vital aspect of the braai. Enhance your snack selection with nutrient-rich options such as protein chips or dark chocolate express bars packed with protein and fibre for a more balanced spread.
3. Embrace the Veggie Options
A successful braai isn’t complete without a variety of delectable side dishes. Ensure there’s an abundance of vegetable-focused choices available. Whether it’s a crisp leafy green salad, roasted vegetables, juicy mealies, or a flavorful bean salad, there are plenty of side options that are both tasty and nutritious. If you’re committed to your nutritional goals, show some love to these delightful side dishes this weekend.
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4. To Dessert or Not to Dessert
You don’t need to deprive yourself – it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in dessert. If you’re seeking a lighter alternative to traditional South African desserts, consider homemade popsicles, especially refreshing for spring. Alternatively, you can opt for treats like a high-protein iced coffee tiramisu or a colourful fruit salad. Get ready to kick back, relax, and relish South Africa’s most patriotic public holiday this September. Keep your nutrition in mind while fully enjoying all the Heritage Day festivities by following these four tips.