One of the things I love to do besides working out is… eating out! While I eat clean most of time  (this means little to no processed or packaged foods, just wholesome fresh meat, fruits and vegetables prepared at home), every once in a while, I like to indulge in some delicious homemade barbeque food.

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Who says you can’t hang out with friends and eat healthy? If you’re planning to host the next barbeque party, here are some tips to tackle a cookout the right way:

1. Write a list

A thorough shopping list should help make the supermarket trip a little less daunting. Take note of what you already have (i.e. condiments, plastic cups, plates, cutleries and charcoal for instance) so you don’t end up buying more than what you need.

In addition to keeping expenses in check, consider your personal cooking skills as well. Cook dishes you are familiar with or you can always throw a potluck barbeque party so everyone can enjoy making and bringing their favorite recipes!

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2. Stay on top of it

When it comes to buying and getting all the barbeque paraphernalia, having a car to take you around makes the task a lot more convenient! Your friends might be calling you up while you’re busy running errands so you could use the extra help with Ford Sync.

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Keep your hands on the wheel and answer calls or read text messages using voice command to minimize driving distraction. Want to know what you friends are up to? Ford Sync is capable of reading out Twitter updates for you too!

3. There’s always a healthier option!

Using leaner cuts of meat will make a big difference in how healthier your grilled meal will be. If you’re thinking about a yummy hotdog, try low fat or gourmet sausages as they tend to be lower in fats and preservatives. They may be more expensive than the usual supermarket brand, so add a variation with other types of meat such as chicken and fish. Remove skin from the meat and go easy on the chili sauce if you want to cut back on calories.

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4. Add fresh fruits to the mix

Who doesn’t love rainbows, they have a way of bringing out my inner child and making me smile.

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Mixed fruits on a skewer are fantastic as an appetizer or even as dessert. Cut up your favorite fruit in even squares and place them on skewers in rainbow color order. Try it with strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pineapple, kiwi and orange. Mix 1 ½ cups of fat-free Greek yogurt with ¼ of honey to create a delectable dip!

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5. Game on!

Enjoying the beautiful weather, food and the company of friends are what barbeques are all about. Liven things up with some fun activities or games to keep everyone entertained!

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Now gather your buddies for a guilt-free cookout and capture your action moments on Instagram video for a stand a chance to win VIP tickets to see Linkin Park. Join the movement now!

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