Here are the top three foods to look for at your next 4th of July barbecue that are not going to break your health regimen. These foods will keep you on the straight and narrow so you don't fall off the wagon.

1. Grilled Asparagus

No barbecue is truly complete without grilled asparagus. The benefits of grilled asparagus come down to something known as asparagine, a powerful diuretic. Diuretics flush out excess water, inflammation, and edema that can make you look better for a pool party. When you're burning fat and going through oxidation, you have metabolic waste that builds in your liver, bloodstream, and kidneys. If you flush out the extra minerals toxins, it's that much easier to get back to training at your best. A serving of asparagus also provides 114% of your daily value of vitamin K. Vitamin K helps calcium go to the right place in the body.

2. Saturated Fats

The first thing that comes to mind for most people that are going to a barbecue is going to be something like a fattier cut of meat like a rib eye or chicken thigh. If you're a vegetarian or vegan, add a little bit of coconut oil to the grilled asparagus or zucchini. 60% of our brain is made up of saturated fats. If we're not getting that, it's hard for our brain to really have the good development that it needs.

3. Watermelon

Now, let's talk about the fruit. Watermelon is the easiet food that you can get in your body without blowing your low carbohydrate diet. There's only six grams of net carbs in a half a cup of watermelon. It's also 92% water, so you're getting a hydration effect and flushing out the excess minerals you don't need. 

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From 280lbs to the Covers of Magazines... All by living a lifestyle that is honest and real. Thomas DeLauer brings the nutrition expertise along with a unique perspective on health and wellness that is everything HYLETE.