Throwing a Healthy Summer BBQ:
Recipes and Tips
Barbeques are the perfect way to celebrate summer with family and friends. You can enjoy the warmer weather and bring people together by hosting a BBQ, but it doesn’t have to be an unhealthy affair. Here’s how to keep the food and drinks at your next BBQ healthy and delicious.
Grill up different foods
Did you know that grilled lettuce tastes wonderful? Or that grilled mango is an awesome and unique addition to a burger? The grill isn’t just for burgers and brats! According to the Huffington Post, these fruits and veggies taste great when they’re fresh off the grate
- Portabella mushrooms
There are tons of ways to serve your newly grilled fare, too. Make grilled fruit kabobs, use the produce to top off a burger or a salad, or simply use them as sides to the main course. Your guests will love the infusion of more whole foods into their party.
Grill more than burgers and brats
Grilling up burgers, hot dogs, and brats is a vital part of many summer BBQs, but you can also include some leaner protein offerings. Marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing overnight and then grill them up for an easy-to-make and light dose of protein. Fish and shrimp are also delicious fresh off the grill
, and are a welcome alternative to heavier red meats. And, that grilled fruit will taste fantastic on top of fish.
Don’t forget about the non-meat eaters, too! If you have vegetarians or vegans joining your healthy summer BBQ make sure that you have something to grill up for them (other than the fruit and veggie sides, that is). The meatless Boca Burger is one tried-and-true option.
Keep the alcoholic drink options light
For plenty of people BBQs are synonymous with beverages… adult beverages, that is. You don’t need to forgo your summer cocktail, just opt for some lighter options featuring clear liquors like vodka and gin. Consider setting up a cocktail bar with the following:
- Different lemonade flavors
- Club soda
- Fresh fruit
- Mint leaves
- Crushed ice
Guests can mix up their own refreshing drink, without the calories and sugar that are found in typical blended summer drinks. They’ll hardly miss the daiquiris.
Keep dessert simple and easy to clean up
No summer barbeque is complete without dessert. If you’re looking for a treat that’s relatively healthy and involves essentially zero cleanup, then these are just what you need. Here’s what you’ll need:Other toppings like nut butters, coconut flakes, jams, Nutella, almonds… and anything else you can think of!
Have guests slice open their bananas, carve a bit of the banana out, and then fill them up with their favorite toppings. Cover up the opening again with the peel, wrap the banana in foil, and then grill the entire package for 10-12 minutes, or until the toppings are nice and melted. It’s a dessert that’s bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike.