Who doesn’t love cooking out in the summertime? It’s tough to beat a backyard barbecue, but it’s easy to let a backyard barbecue beat your diet down. That’s why you may be looking for some healthy grill recipes your entire family will enjoy.
As fun as cookouts are, and as good as the food tastes, let’s face it—it’s not good for us. According to the researchers at fatsecret.com, there are 578 calories in one cookout cheeseburger. And the calories break down like this:
- 64 percent fat
- 15 percent carbs
- 20 percent protein
Throw a hot dog on the grill, and you’re taking in nearly 15 grams of fat and 697 milligrams of sodium. We haven’t even gotten to the side dishes. They don’t help the cookout cause.
But the good news is there are plenty of healthy grill recipes that provide alternatives without sacrificing taste. So before the next time you fire up your grill, try one of these healthy grill recipes for a guilt-free cookout. Just click on the name of the recipe, and you’re on your way to a healthier cookout.
This healthy grill recipe can also be made in the oven. It calls for green peppers and onions, which are packed with Vitamin C and phytochemicals, and you’ll need about 35 minutes to make them. They say after you try these grilled veggie burgers, you’ll never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again.
These burgers are grill tested, so they’ll be ready for you all summer long. What’s interesting is you get to mix a touch of barbecue sauce into this healthy grilling recipe. They’ll only take you 30 minutes to make, are packed with 14 grams of protein and have only o1 gram of saturated fat.
If you’re looking for an easier way to make a veggie burger, this is a healthy grilling recipe you’ll want to try—especially if you’re a mushroom lover. A University of Buffalo study found eating mushrooms can help regulate your glucose levels. Mushrooms are also a good source of protein, niacin (which lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol), and selenium (fights inflammation and protects your cells).
By choosing a veggie hot dog, you’re going to save calories, fat and lots of sodium. What’s great is the author of this recipe says she does not eliminate the bun and uses different toppings, including:
- BBQ sauce
- Diced onion and green onion
- Cheese and crushed tortilla chips
- Pickled peppers
- Artichoke quarters
- Jalapeno slices
Some of your toppings can provide some added health benefits, so choose wisely.
You can’t talk about healthy grilling without mentioning chicken. This healthy grilled chicken recipe may have you asking for seconds. Why? Because it only takes 10 minutes to make and is only 350 calories per serving.
If you’re looking to add fish to your list of healthy grill recipes, halibut is a good choice. Halibut is a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, many studies show the benefits of adding seafood to your diet.
Salmon is another great healthy grilling option. It’s a good source of potassium, selenium and omega-3’s. This recipe will only take about 20 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes to cook. Plus, you get added health benefits from the strawberry salsa.
One of the best things about the grill is that you can grill just about anything. Grilled vegetables are a healthier way to do side dishes at a barbecue. If you can name it, you can grill it. This includes:
- Grilled Corn
- Grilled Asparagus
- Grilled Zucchini
- Grilled Peppers
- Grilled Eggplant
And the list goes on. There’s even a recipe in there for a grilled lettuce wedge. You can have some fun and get creative with a lot of these healthy grill recipes.
It’s not just veggies you can throw on the grill. From pineapple to peaches and everything in between. Fruit tastes great off the grill. You can try grilled fruit as a side, or even use it to make some creative desserts.
Speaking of dessert, here’s a great option. This is a healthy grilling recipe you’ll want to try if you’re making an effort to cut down your sugar intake. It’s dairy free and calls for some dark chocolate, which has some health benefits.
The next time you’re heading to the deck or the patio for a backyard barbecue, remember, you don’t have to leave your diet at the door. Try whipping up one of these healthy grilling recipes to see how they compare to some of the traditional barbecue fare.
If you’re looking for more ways to eat healthier download our guide “5 Steps to Healthier Eating.” Inside you’ll find tips on reading the nutrition label and learn four reasons why you should be drinking more water.