The hot days of summer are a time of celebration, holidays and backyard barbeques. You may feel like you have to ditch your healthy eating when you commit to attending or throwing a BBQ, but that couldn't be further from the truth!
There are countless ways to eat healthily at your friend’s BBQ. If you are hosting the event, you have a tremendous amount of healthy and delicious options to choose from while planning your menu.
Here are a few healthy menu options for your summer BBQ. These recipes are slimming, filling, tasty and perfect for weight loss goals and overall wellness.
3 avocados, mashed
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tomato, diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
Slice watermelon and cut into triangles, like a pizza.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, sprinkle feta cheese (optional), sprinkle almonds or walnut slices. Top with any other desired fruits such as pomegranate seeds, strawberries or blueberries.
Simple as that, but oh so delicious! Drizzle veggies of choice (I highly recommend zucchini, red pepper, and tomatoes) with olive oil and fresh herbs. Grill to preferred tenderness.
Drizzle olive oil over Portobello caps and grill until cooked through. Use Portobello caps as a burger bun. Place burger of choice (veggie, black bean,) between Portobello caps. Top with toppings of choice and enjoy!
Cucumber Dill Salad
3 cucumbers, sliced
1 white onion, sliced
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 stalk green onion, sliced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill (if you don’t like dill use mint).
Directions: Toss all ingredients and chill before serving.
Chickpea Tomato Salad
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Freshly cracked black pepper.
Directions: Toss all ingredients and chill.
Avocado Potato Salad
Ingredients: 2 pounds small red potatoes
3 avocados, mashed
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
Freshly cracked black pepper
Directions: Cook potatoes until tender. Cut potatoes and stir in remaining ingredients.
Chocolate Banana Nice Cream
3 tablespoons cacao powder
Directions: Slice bananas and freeze for 30-45 minutes. Blend frozen bananas with cacao powder. Blend until smooth and top with any additional desired toppings.
Grilled Pineapple A La Mode
Pineapple cut into rings
Vegan Coconut milk Ice Cream
Directions: Slice pineapples and grill briefly until warm. Top with your favorite vegan coconut milk ice-cream and sprinkle with honey.
Now it's your turn. Let me know what you think. Did you try any of the recipes? Leave a comment below and share your favorite healthy BBQ dish