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5 reasons to eat more barbeque

City Barbeque is celebrating Veterans Day by giving vets and troops a free sandwich, two sides, and a regular drink for free on Sunday, November 11!

Who doesn’t love barbeque? The smell of the smoke can make your senses explode before you even take your first bite. And then when it’s finally ready after hours of slow cookin’, the taste of the juicy meat mixed with your favorite sauces brings a smoky, sweet, and tangy delight all at once.

In addition to its phenomenal effects on the senses, barbeque has many health benefits. Check out the list below so that you can shamelessly feast the next time you visit a barbeque joint.

It’s low in calories and carbs. Good news for those of you watching your waistline: unlike other cooking styles that fry or sauté food in tons of oil, smoking adds zero calories! A lunch-size serving of smoked turkey is only 140 calories. And many types of meat like pulled chicken can be ordered skinless, which helps to shave off additional calories. Counting carbs as well? You can indulge in delicious barbeque meat without the bun.

It’s high in protein. Get rid of your daily powder-filled shakes. For true muscle fuel, look no further than all-natural smoked meats. If you are trying to pack on the muscle, brisket and pulled pork each contains over 50 grams of protein per serving. And if that’s not enough, a half chicken has about 120 grams of protein.

It can be gluten-free. If you practice a gluten-free diet, you know all too well how difficult it can be to find foods that fit your needs at certain restaurants. Turkey, pulled chicken, brisket, ribs, sausage, and pulled pork are all safe (and delicious!) meats that naturally contain zero gluten. (Disclaimer: not all barbeque sauces are gluten-free. Make sure to check the label or ask your server about specific sauces. Looking for a celiac-friendly meal? Check out the chicken, brisket, turkey, pulled pork, and more at City Barbeque!)

It’s high in nutrients. All of those sides that come with your entrée at a barbeque joint can be jam-packed with beneficial nutrients. Collard greens are an excellent source of iron and vitamins A, C, and L. The potato salad that you love to indulge in is rich in vitamins C and B6. And you can’t forget about the baked beans! They’re rich in dietary fiber and contain zinc, iron, and magnesium.

The kids will love it. And you can feel good about what you are feeding them, too! Forget the mystery meats and processed food on the shelves of the grocery store—barbeque meat is wholesome, delicious, and real. Have a picky eater? There are plenty of kid-friendly options like chicken and mac and cheese that almost anyone will love!

Know a veteran? To show their appreciation for military women and men, City Barbeque is celebrating Veterans Day by giving vets and troops a free sandwich, two sides, and a regular drink for free on Sunday, November 11!

Beyond Veterans Day, City Barbeque is proud to honor our nation’s veterans year-round. Veterans receive 10 percent off every day with the “Hero Discount.”

City Barbeque partners with Mission 22, an organization that raises awareness about veteran suicide. And every January, City Barbeque sells limited-edition tumblers to benefit Resurrecting Lives, an organization working to help veterans with traumatic brain injuries successfully transition to a post-military career and life.

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