Healthy BBQ Recipes

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Summer BBQs are a great time to gather with friends and family to enjoy fine weather and great food. At your next BBQ, set aside traditional foods, such as highly processed hot dogs and sugar-filled ice cream. Instead, look at it as an opportunity to try new recipes that support a healthy lifestyle. With these healthier options, you can stay on track with your weight-loss journey.

Grilled Gems

There are many healthy options to replace the standard hot dogs and hamburgers including turkey burgers and chicken sausages. If you want to get a bit more creative, try these Juicy Bison Burgers. Homemade Black Bean-Quinoa Burgers are a great offering for vegetarian guests. Many side dishes can be also grilled including sweet potatoes, avocados, and fruits like pineapple and watermelon. Here are 22 creative grilling ideas.

Succulent Sides

Side dishes are an important part of any BBQ, but many common sides contain a shocking number of calories. For example, a scoop of baked beans can contain up to 382 calories and more than 13 grams of fat. Here’s a healthier baked bean option. Coleslaw is another popular dish that seems healthy but is often loaded with unnecessary calories. Instead of serving traditional slaw, try this Simple Seedy Slaw or Greek Yogurt Coleslaw.

Delicious Desserts

Most BBQs include an abundance of cookies, brownies, and ice cream. However, on a hot summer day, fresh fruit such as watermelon can hit the spot and satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re craving a frozen treat, banana ice cream can be a great alternative to sugar-laden ice cream. You can get creative with frozen bananas, as demonstrated by these fun ideas and crazy twists.

Remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. You might want to try some unique infused-water recipes like this Strawberry Water. And, of course, remember to take your I-REMOVE.