Braais are an essential component of South African life, and they need not be a calorie catastrophe.
Here are some tips to healthify this South African pastime
1. Skip the chips: Instead, bring along some popcorn, pretzels, or rice crackers with hummus or another healthy dip.
2. Make sure that you trim all fat from your meat, and choose lean cuts. I like chicken kebabs
Ingredients for the kebabs above:
- Chicken breasts (without skin) marinated with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, honey, and coriander.
- Red Pepper
It’s fun to make your own kebabs with skewings of your choice. Other chunk ideas:
- Dried apricots
- Baby marrow
Also in the pic above are prunes wrapped with lean bacon, and pineapple slices for something sweet.
3. Serve it with salad: Make a green salad to fill your plate. In the pic is a spinach salad with sesame seeds and a lemon, balsamic and olive oil dressing.
4. Clever carbs: Braaied mielie (seasoned with chilli and salt), braaied sweet potato (wrapped in foil and cooked in the coals), or a wholewheat roll.
5. About 20min before you eat, have a shake made with water – this will prevent you from overeating.
6. Beware the booze:
Of course there is bound to be a boozy braai, but if you want to keep it clean, try making some ice tea. I used lemon flavour Herbalife Tea Concentrate (actually burns calories!) with mint from the ‘erb garden
, and freshly squeezed lemon with lotsa ice.
7. The Perfect Pudding: Sadly, I don’t feel a meal is complete without a sweet. Here are some ideas for healthy happy endings.
Simply pop open a banana peel, split the fruit inside, and stuff in as many choc chips and mini marshmallows as you can. Grill in a tin foil boat for about 5 min (until marshmallows puff and chocolate melts).
Strawberry Marshmallow Skewers
Grilled Peaches served with low fat yoghurt or custard
“When life throws you bricks, build a braai”