Barbecue enthusiasts were urged to swap out burgers and sausages for healthy alternatives to avoid racking up the pounds.
The average griller consumes over 3,000 calories per session — with many mockers trebling the normal amount of food when eating indoors.
As thousands of households look to take advantage of the nice weather to fire up the grill this week, health watchdogs have urged them to ditch high-calorie favorites and reduce portion sizes.
dr Aileen McGloin, Director of Safefood Ireland, said: “Barbecues are a big part of summer and they are great occasions and great fun so we are certainly not asking people to stop.
“They just have to be enjoyed in moderation.
“People have to watch what they cook and how much they eat. Instead of staples like sausages, steaks and burgers, look to chicken breasts, turkey burgers or fish for nutritious alternatives.
“There are many healthy options that are just as tasty as the favorites that most people are used to.
“Vegetables like eggplant, carrots, peppers and zucchini are great. Bananas or pineapple rings are also delicious when grilled.
“Include salads and use lighter dressings and keep portion sizes small, half veggies and half meat on the plate.”
dr McGloin said inflation is making it harder for many families to afford healthy eating.
“Unfortunately, from a price point of view, treats are becoming more and more attractive to shoppers because their prices have remained stable while other food prices are skyrocketing.
“For example, meat is up 5 percent and dairy is up about 9 percent.
“As a result, we worry that due to food price hikes, families may add an extra treat or two to their shopping baskets instead of choosing healthier options,” she said.
Families with children currently spend more than 20 percent of their household budget on high-calorie treats – twice as much as on fruit and vegetables.
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