Everyone loves a good BBQ in the summer. However, many grilling staples are considerably unhealthy. Burgers, hot dogs, and sausage are all high in fat–not to mention the bread on which they are often enjoyed. If you would rather stay trim for swimsuit season, check out these delicious recipe ideas for healthier options.
Lemon chicken skewers
Chicken is always an easy, versatile and healthy option. Cube chicken breasts and marinate in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and spices, skewer, grill, and enjoy!
Grilled zucchini and eggplant with Greek yogurt sauce
Eating less meat is an easy way to stay healthy–and tons of veggies do great on the grill. Zucchini and eggplant are delicious together, and both have a meaty texture that will keep you full. Slice both veggies and drizzle with olive oil, adding salt and spices if you wish. Grill until tender and serve with a creamy Greek yogurt sauce (yogurt, lemon, dill, cucumber and spices).
Old Bay shrimp kabobs
Who doesn’t love shrimp? Low in calories and high in protein, shrimp make a wonderfully nutritious and delicious meal. If you like your seafood with a little zest, cover your shrimp skewers in Old Bay seasoning before grilling.
Spicy grilled swordfish steaks
Love steak? Opt for swordfish instead of red meat for less fat and calories. Marinate the swordfish in a mixture of olive oil, lemon, Dijon mustard, onion, black pepper, Cajun spices, cilantro, and cayenne pepper. Grill each steak five to six minutes on each side and enjoy.
Grilled fruit kabobs
Add something sweet to the end of your meal by throwing some fruit on the grill! Grilling fruit caramelizes the sugar for a decadent treat–brush the fruit with butter and skewer it. You can even season it with a little cinnamon, brown sugar, or cayenne pepper if you’re looking for a kick. Pineapple, peaches, strawberries, apricots, or plums all work well. If you don’t mind indulging just a bit, serve with whipped cream, ice cream, gelato, chopped nuts, or any other sweet topping.