The best part of summer in my opinion is spending time outdoors with friends and family, laying around and taking in the sun. This weekend I’m sure many of you have plans to celebrate the 4th–perhaps at a backyard BBQ.
BBQs are a great way to socialize with everyone in your circles– from neighbors to colleagues, but eating at one can be challenging for veg*ns. Here are a few tips to ensure you have a fun time this BBQ season:
1. Help the Host: If you know that most of the grilling options served by your host or hostess will be meat-based, offer to bring a box of your favorite veggie patties. My friends have always generously offered to grill mine first to prevent the juices from their burgers from mixing into mine. You can volunteer to fire up the grill and get things cooking by throwing on your burgers first. My favorite burgers to bring to BBQ parties are Morningstar Black Bean and Trader Joe’s Masala burgers. By bringing your own box, you can guarantee that there’ll be something for you to eat. Plus, you may make new friends with other party-goers who are interested in trying something veg*n!
2. Enjoy the Sides: Most of the side dishes at BBQs are perfect for veg*ns. I can never get enough grilled corn in the summer. Common sides at BBQs include salads, fresh fruit like melons, and chips.
3. Eat a Snack Before: Sometimes when I know my food options may be limited, I try to eat a filling snack like hummus and veggies before I leave. That way I won’t feel guilty snacking on potato chips all day.
4. Have fun! The very best part of summer BBQs is spending time with people whose company you enjoy. Kick back and soak in the sun!
Happy Fourth of July! How do you plan to celebrate the long weekend? What do you like to eat at summer BBQs?