A Cookout Doesn't Have To Mean A Ton Of Calories

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 13, 2012

With the warm weather finally showing up in most parts of the country, it's a popular time to have a backyard barbecue with friends. As the weekend is right around the corner, seniors may even want to consider extending the fun to family too.

Less formal than a dinner party, a cookout provides a great excuse to kiss your diet goodbye for the day, but that doesn't mean you have to load up on junk food. Watching calorie intake is an important part of senior living, as older adults want to keep their bodies in good health longer.

This potato salad recipe from Sunrise is a great addition to any picnic table, and the best part is, diners won't feel like they're packing on the pounds. The classic potato salad is only 132 calories for a half-cup serving, with 2.5 grams of fat and 0.5 grams of saturated fat. Enjoy, and happy summer!

Classic Potato Salad
Serves 8

5 each large red potatoes, peeled and diced
½ cup finely diced celery
½ cup finely diced sweet onion
½ cup seeded / finely diced red bell pepper
3 each hardboiled eggs, chopped
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp pickle relish
½ cup low fat mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the potatoes in a pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a gentle simmer.
Simmer until just cooked, but still a bit firm in the center. Drain immediately and cool.
Gently toss the potatoes, celery, onion, pepper, eggs, mustard, relish, and mayonnaise to
combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
Chill completely and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Serving: ½ cup
Calories: 132     
Fat: 2.5 gm
Sat Fat: .5 gm
Cholesterol: 80 mg
Sodium: 220 mg
Carbohydrates: 23 gm
Protein: 4 gm