Summer is here, and that means one thing: barbecue season! But just because you're grilling up burgers and hot dogs don't mean you have to sacrifice your health. With a few simple swaps and recipe adjustments, you can enjoy all the flavors of a traditional barbecue while nourishing your body. Here are a few healthy barbecue recipes to get you started:
Grilled Vegetable Skewers - Ditch the processed meats and opt for various colorful, grilled vegetables instead. Try skewering bell peppers, onions, zucchini, and mushrooms and brushing them with a simple marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs.
Grilled Portobello Burgers - Portobello mushrooms make a delicious, meaty alternative to traditional burgers. Brush them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before grilling. Serve on a whole wheat bun with your favorite toppings.
BBQ Chicken Salad - This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover barbecue chicken. Mix shredded chicken with diced apples, celery, and red onion. Drizzle with a homemade BBQ sauce made with tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, and spices.
Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad - End your meal on a sweet note with this refreshing salad. Grill sliced peaches and top with a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Serve on a bed of arugula for a bit of added bite.
Grilled Pineapple - A simple yet delicious and healthy dessert option, grilled pineapple is a great way to end your barbecue on a sweet note. Simply slice a pineapple and grill for a few minutes on each side. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of whipped cream.
These are just a few examples of enjoying a healthy and delicious barbecue. Remember to opt for lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy marinades and sauces. With a little bit of planning, you can have a barbecue that is not only delicious but also good for you.