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Healthy summer BBQ ideas

Summer nights are perfect for grilling up a delicious dinner.  Everyone loves a hamburger or hot dog off the grill, but why not shake up your menu with some healthy unexpected items? Here are some different and fun ideas to mix up your summer BBQ.

Tofu – Veggie burgers aren’t the only option for vegan and vegetarians at a BBQ. Soak ½ inch slices of tofu in your favorite marinade, cook each side for about three or four minutes and serve on a green salad, with potato salad or even in a sandwich.

Clams – Shellfish are super easy to grill. Prepare the clams by soaking them in cold water to get rid of any sand, dry the shells, brush with olive oil and grill on high heat for three to four minutes (or when the shells pop open).

Avocado – You wouldn’t think this fruit (yes, fruit!) would be able to grill with its mushy consistency, but it’s actually very easy. Cut the avocado in half (leaving the skin on), take out the pit, coat with olive oil, and grill with the cut side down for five minutes.  Top with salsa and Greek yogurt and dip tortilla chips in it or stuff with a healthy corn and tomato salad.

Artichokes –  Usually prepared by steaming, grilling artichokes gives them a delicious smoky flavor you’ll be dying to sink your teeth into.  Start by boiling the artichokes for 15 minutes, slice them in half, remove the first couple of layers, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, and grill for five minutes on each side.

Pizza – Let that pizza stone collect dust in the cupboards and make your homemade pizza on the grill! It’s as easy as brushing olive oil on flattened dough and throwing it on the grill. When grill marks appear, take it off the heat and add toppings on the grilled side. Place the pizza back on the grill for about three minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Fries – If you’re having burgers, you have to have fries. Cut the potatoes into wedges, toss with olive oil and desired seasonings, and grill for ten minutes on each side.  Make them even healthier by using sweet potatoes!

Romaine – Put an unexpected twist on your favorite Caesar salad recipe. Simply wash and cut a head of romaine in half and grill for about five minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear.

Pineapple – Grilling adds a whole different flavor to this tropical fruit. Slice into rounds and grill for about three or four minutes per side.

Peaches – Cut peaches in half and rub with butter. Grill buttered-side down for about four minutes on each side or until softened and charred. Grilled peaches are fantastic in a salad with goat cheese or on top of ice cream.

What is your favorite thing to grill?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.