The 4th of July is upon us, and you know what that means…BBQ’s, parties, and blowing things up – hurray!

Headed to a party? Let’s create a game plan for a stress-free day spent in your blood sugar safe zone. Here’s 5 easy ways to have a healthy holiday:

Bring a low-carb dish. By bringing your favorite low-carb recipe to the party, you know there will be something there to eat and enjoy, and you save room on your Brook Healthy Plate for the carb heavy items that are generally seen at parties. Make enough for everyone, but be sure to keep some for yourself. Try these buffalo deviled eggs or this cucumber feta salad.

Find your healthy options. Did someone bring a veggie platter? Is there BBQ chicken? Is there a bowl of nuts? Finding your options right off the bat helps reduce the stress of figuring out what to eat, especially if you are feeling hungry.

Bring your own dippers. Even better than relying on others to provide the veggies, bring your own! Know there’s gonna be plenty of delicious dips like guacamole, hummus, or onion dip? Bring a container of raw veggies (cucumber spears, bell pepper slices, baby carrots, celery sticks, sugar snap peas) to scoop dip as opposed to the corn or potato chips typically offered.

Size matters. It’s easy to overeat on a day like this because everyone tends to graze on large platters of food all day. Use a small plate and fill it up once or twice over the course of the party, or bring a recipe with build in portions, like these individual 7-layer dip cups.

Be cautious with alcohol. Alcohol contains carbohydrates, but it actually puts people with diabetes at risk for LOW blood sugar. Alcohol can also dampen our hunger and fullness cues, making us more likely to overeat when we are drinking. To find out more about alcohol and diabetes, check out this blog post, or this beer guide.

Need additional support? Have questions? Chat with us in the Expert channel on your Brook app for more.

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