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Some people really only like to cook on a BBQ when travelling... Fatty steaks, sausages and more.

And while we'd agree that's all very 'yummy' ... apparently there are healthier alternatives that can be included.
 

Our resident Dietician/Nutritionist Caitlyn Henderson from ‘Healthy Lifestyles AU’ in Toowoomba, Qld helps us out.

 

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BBQ's and Meal Planning While Travelling - Caitlyn Henderson

Some people really only like to cook barbecued meals while they're traveling which is fine it's nice…


A bit of a barbie - pretty well an Aussie tradition right? so if that's all you're eating I mean that's it isn't it?

So I thought we'd ask for some advice from our nutritionist and dietitian Caitlyn Henderson from Healthy Lifestyles Australia…  Caitlyn what do you reckon ?

CAITLYN:
Yeah well barbecues can be very versatile with what you can cook on a barbecue I mean it doesn't have to just be red meat every night or really processed sausages You can pretty well barbecue anything and it's probably more about what you accompany the barbecued meat with that is going to be or should be the ‘star’ on the plate…

BRIAN:
Oh okay, like red wine or something?

CAITLYN:
More salads Brian! 😊

BRIAN:
Well I’m thinking I've done my research and I know that red wine has resveratrol and apparently that's very good for you?

CAITLYN:
Yeah but there's also components that are not so good okay!

KAYE:
Hmmm… you've been told Brian!! but seriously - it is so confusing for the general population & I include myself in that and I love cooking and you know I’m looking at things and is it low carb, medium carb, complex carbs!...  I’m trying to sort of balance things out so that we can eat healthily but you know most of us buy a stack of food on Saturday at the healthy fruit and veg market but it's gone off by Wednesday so I’m trying to use things like legumes and lentils and barley… (sigh) gee where do you start?

Is there a starting point you can recommend Caitlyn?

CAITLYN:
Definitely planning … so having a plan for the start of each week helps you to not be over buying or over purchasing produce and it's doing just like you said, sitting in the fridge and going all ‘wilty’ and dying.

So have a good plan of attack and list out what meals you're going to be preparing or have a plan for the meals even if it doesn't come to fruition, you've got the plan of attack there and you're less likely to over buy.

And in terms of your carbohydrates and where to start I mean just having a good balance between your carbohydrates food groups your protein food groups and your vegetables and salads, having those three things in each of your meals would probably be a good place to start.

BRIAN:
Excellent!... Yes Kaye’s got like a whole dictionary full of meals for the week!

CAITLYN:
Ok but just keep it simple and not be too overwhelming alright??

KAYE:
I'll keep trying!... :-) thanks again so much Caitlyn, we'll talk soon (thankyou...bye)

I’m sure Caitlyn would be very excited to hear that I've actually got a couple of very freshly caught mud crabs currently sleeping in an ice slurry in the shower in an esky because we're buying local and we're currently in Queensland and there’s some really yummy seafood here.

BRIAN:
Yeah look… there was some good advice there & what surprised me was the fact that she said loves a barbecue and I’m thinking ‘hang on you're a dietitian nutritionist’ you know?... barbecue's are fatty… but no she's absolutely right, getting the right ingredients and doing the right thing is the key to good healthy eating.

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