Nutritionist Stacy Curcio gives tips on healthy options at a summer BBQ

Nutritionist Stacy Curcio stopped by News 12 Long Island to give tips on the healthier options at a barbecue table. (7/2/14)

WOODBURY - If you're headed to a barbecue this weekend, you don't need to cheat on your diet.

Nutritionist Stacy Curcio stopped by News 12 Long Island to give tips on the healthier options at a barbecue table.

When it comes to appetizers, Curcio says to stay away from dips - including cheese sauces. The healthier options are homemade natural foods.

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According to the nutritionist, salad is the healthier option for side dishes.

When picking between a hamburger and a hot dog, the hamburger is the best choice. Curcio says that even though the hamburger yields more calories, these are coming from protein versus the fillers that are coming from the hot dog. If you want to cut some of the calories in a burger, you can ditch the bun.

Chicken is also a good pick at a barbecue, but Curcio recommends grilled chicken without any barbecue sauce.

Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated throughout the day helps you to stay full, says Curcio. She recommends staying away from diet soda, which is filled with additives.

For dessert, Curcio says to skip the cupcakes and go with fresh fruit, or a fruit salad. 

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