4 Tips to Navigating Summer Barbecues

Written by Meredith Hink, MS, RD, CD

Being a plant-based eater on summer holidays known for animal-based entrees, isn’t always easy. Before putting on your star-spangled gear, check out these holiday tips.

  1. Simple Lentil Patties
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    BYOP: Bring Your Own Plants. Whether you’re heading to a barbeque or a fireworks show, don’t show up empty handed. The typical eats at these events are usually not plant-based or healthy. Being prepared makes it easy to stay on track. Premade Hobo Packs can easily be thrown on the grill and will keep you satisfied through the grand finale. A big bowl of fruit offers a simple, sweet and refreshing treat for snacking.
  2. Enjoy Familiar Foods. If your family is used to having the traditional 4th of July fare – burgers, hotdogs, potato salad – use these as your inspiration. Lentil Patties resemble your standard meat patty yet are leaps and bounds healthier. Another bonus is that they can be topped with the typical burger fixings.
  3. Be the Star of the Show! Is there a plant-based dip or dessert that your family loves? Maybe a treat that you always make when picky eaters are around? Get-togethers are a great opportunity to show friends and family that eating plant-based can be absolutely delicious. This Vegan Queso has proven to be a fail-safe way to introduce others to the world of plant-based eating.
  4. Appreciate our Freedom. It may be tempting to share the life-changing benefits you’ve experienced by giving up animal products. However, if fellow party-goers are chowing down cheeseburgers it may not be the best time to preach about the benefits of plant-based eating. In these moments it can be helpful to remember that everyone is free to choose what they fuel their body with. Witnessing how great you look and feel, and tasting your flavorful plant-based dishes often leads others to make changes on their own.

What dish will you be making for the 4th?