It’s barbeque season! Certified personal trainer and nutritionist, Sara Gerbracht, stopped by to provide tips on how to make healthier choices at your next ‘get together’ with family and friends.
Recipe #1: Turkey Brat Wrapped in Lettuce
Swapped for: Regular brat with bun
Ingredients: 1 turkey brat, 1 large washed and dry romaine lettuce leaf
Optional toppings: Chopped onions, Fat free cheese, mustard, horseradish, sugar free ketchup, sriracha/hot sauce, sauerkraut, apple coleslaw
Instructions: Place the turkey brat on the grill, and cook as you would a normal brat. Instead of using a bun, place the grilled turkey brat in a large lead of lettuce, as if it were a brat bun. The “crunch” of the lettuce will suit your taste buds, without the carbs that are found in normal brat buns.
Recipe #2: Homemade hummus and veggies
Swapped for chips and dip
1/3 c tahini
2-4 T cold water
2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp sea salt
3 medium-sized garlic cloves
juice from 1 regular-sized lemon
15 oz. can of chickpeas rinsed and drained (note: don’t throw away the juice from the chickpeas can!)
Optional toppings: extra drizzle of olive oil, chopped fresh parsley, and everything bagel seasoning
Mix all hummus ingredients together. Blend mixture in a food processor or blender. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
Chop veggies: Celery, carrots, red green and orange sweet peppers, pea pods. Dip veggies into hummus mixture once mixture is chilled and ready to serve.
Recipe #3: Low-Calorie Apple Coleslaw
Swapped for traditional coleslaw
2 bags coleslaw mix with carrots
1 small diced red onion
2 c. of thinly sliced apples
Coleslaw dressing ingredients:
1 can of leftover Chickpeas juice (used in the hummus recipe)
¼ c Apple Cider Vinegar
2 T Yellow Mustard
1 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ c Fat free Greek Yogurt
Instructions: Mix ColeSlaw ingredients together. Mix Coleslaw dressing ingredients, and combine with the Coleslaw mixture. Chill Coleslaw for at least an hour before serving.