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The sun is shining, the pool is calling, and the smell of BBQ grills everywhere is filling the air. It’s officially summer! You’ve been working hard to feel confident in your bathing suit, so what do you do when you finally get invited to that neighborhood BBQ? Can you have your steak and eat it too?

There are lots of great choices when it comes to enjoying a good steak, all without breaking the calorie bank. The first thing to consider is your cut of meat. The most lean cuts of steak include top round, bottom round or top sirloin. If you do indulge in a fattier cut of meat, simply eat half. Half the steak means half the calories, and because it’s a better cut of meat, it is delicious enough to still satisfy.

Once that steak comes off the grill you can add more flavor and variety with a good topping. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sauteed mushrooms – Simply saute some fresh mushrooms in a little bit of light butter or coconut oil until soft and fragrant. Yes, I said butter, but a little goes a long way with a topping this delicious.
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Gremolata – This is made by combining the zest of 1 lemon, about ¼ cup of chopped parsley and 1-2 cloves of garlic. You can also use basil, mint or a mixture of herbs in place of the parsley.
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Compound butter – Made by combining fresh herbs, garlic or other seasonings with a good quality butter. Again, a little bit goes a long way!
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Salt and pepper – Simple, right? Sometimes the best things are the most simple. If you have a great cut of meat and cook it well, a little salt and pepper is all you need.
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