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How to stick with your plant-based diet at cookouts!

how to stick to your plant-based diet at cookouts

In this blog post we'll chat about how strategies to help you stick to your plant-based diet at cookouts and I'll share a list of July 4th recipe ideas!

Sticking to your plant-based diet during July 4th cookouts and celebrations can be challenging but very manageable with some planning and preparation. Here are some tips to help you stay on track:

  1. Bring Your Own Dish: Prepare and bring a delicious plant-based dish to share. This ensures you have something to eat and can introduce others to tasty plant-based options.

  2. Communicate with the Host: Let the host know about your dietary preferences. They might be willing to accommodate you by providing plant-based options or allowing you to use their grill.

  3. Plan Your Menu: Think about traditional cookout foods and how to make plant-based versions. For example:

  • Grilled Vegetables: Bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms are great on the grill.

  • Plant-based Burgers and Sausages: There are many delicious plant-based alternatives available now.

  • Salads and Sides: Potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad, and bean salad can all be made plant-based with simple swaps.

  1. Bring Snacks: Bring plant-based snacks like hummus and veggies, guacamole and chips, or fruit platters to ensure you have plenty of options.

  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially if you’re outdoors in the heat. You can also enjoy plant-based beverages like iced tea, lemonade, or sparkling water.

  3. Focus on Fruits and Veggies: Take advantage of summer produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables are refreshing and nutritious.

  4. Be Prepared for Questions: Be ready to explain your dietary choices if asked. This can be a great opportunity to educate others about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

  5. Enjoy the Occasion: Remember that the celebration is about enjoying time with friends and family. Focus on the social aspects and the fun, rather than just the food.

  6. Desserts: Bring or make a plant-based dessert. Options like fruit salad, dairy-free ice cream, or plant-based pies can be crowd-pleasers.

  7. Have a Positive Attitude: Stay positive and confident in your choices. Your enthusiasm can be contagious and inspire others to try plant-based options.

By planning ahead and bringing some tasty plant-based dishes, you can enjoy the celebration without compromising your dietary goals.

Want a few ideas of what to bring to your July 4th celebration? Check out these plant-based options!

Click each photo to get the recipe!

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