Enjoy Heritage Day braai without compromising your nutritional goals

Bust out the sunblock, and start sending out those group invites because it’s almost time to celebrate our heritage. That’s right, Heritage Day is around the corner, and a lot of South Africans will be celebrating with a braai.

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Stay hydrated

You’ll probably be spending a lot of time outdoors this Heritage Day, and with the warmer weather in full swing, you need to make sure you stay hydrated. While a variety of sugary drinks are sure to be on offer at a Heritage Day braai, these options are packed with empty kilojoules. That doesn’t mean you have to stick to plain water though. Try creating a delicious and refreshing drink with a few lime slices, some mint leaves and mango-flavoured herbal aloe concentrate.or a herbal beverage.

Add some nutrient-rich snacks to the mix

A great braai is defined by more than just the braai itself. There’s no better feeling than lounging around with your loved ones, enjoying the sunshine and conversation, while someone passes around some tasty snacks. Just because you’re trying to stick to your nutrition goals, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this critical part of the braai. Add some nutrient rich options to the snack spread, like protein chips or protein- and fibre-packed dark chocolate express bars to make it more balanced.

Don’t skip the veggies

An impressive array of sides is essential for a braai. Make sure there are also plenty of veggie-forward options on offer. From a leafy green salad or roasted vegetables to some juicy mealies or bean salad, there are lots of side dishes that are both tasty and nutritious. If you’re serious about your nutritional goals, show these delicious sides some love this Heritage Day.

To dessert or not to dessert

There’s no need to deprive yourself – you can say yes to dessert. If you’re looking for something a little lighter than the more traditional South African desserts, homemade popsicles are an especially refreshing option for spring, or you could opt for something like a high protein iced coffee tiramisu or a colourful fruit salad.

Get ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy South Africa’s most patriotic public holiday this September. Keep your nutrition top of mind while still enjoying all the Heritage Day fun by following these four tips.

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