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Each summer, we try to find new and unique ways to be healthy, and one of the key ways to make your standard bbq that much healthier. 

The barbecue is a key social spot in the summer, whether it’s by the pool, on a patio, or by (even better, on) the beach! This list of smart and healthy swaps for your next barbecue will have you feeling great – inside and out!

Corn on the Cob

A grilling classic – make this a lighter side by squeezing fresh lime juice and sprinkling cayenne pepper on your corn instead of slathering on butter and salt.

Chicken and Turkey Burgers

Opt for chicken or turkey burgers instead of heavy (and often pricier) red meats. If you absolutely do need to have a red meat option for the meat n’ potato guests, opt for leaner meats such as ground sirloin instead of ground chuck.

Whole Grain or All Green

If it’s white, take flight! This saying is true when it comes to fluffy white flour buns. Enhance your meals with 100 percent whole grain buns or nix the bun all together and lay your meats on a bed of lettuce or greens. 

Swap Mayo For Greek Yogurt

Sliced up veggies – all good. Sliced up veggies covered in mayo? Not so good. Mix your veggies in nonfat Greek yogurt to give it great flavor and a bigger health factor. 

Crunchy Kale Chips

Potato chips are a popular choice to snack on during barbecues but all that salt – not so good. Why not make some homemade kale chips instead? They can still get a little seasoning on them and will cause way less guilt when grabbing handfuls, and they're super easy to make - here's a simple recipe that you can adjust with all kinds of toppings. 

Light Desserts Are Just Right

No meal is done without a good dessert, right? Right? Instead of indulging in highly caloric treats, opt for a fruit and yogurt bowl or small single-serve light ice cream with a few sprinkles of dark chocolate.

How do you like to make your bbqs fresher and healthier?

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With the colder weather months behind us, the spring and summer holidays are going to be kicked off with family, friends, and delicious barbecues. Did you know that some foods and drinks that you will encounter might actually cause you to pack on the pounds without you even realizing it?! 

 

Here are the number one foods and drinks that you should avoid plus a few yummy options that you definitely should enjoy at your barbecues.

Avoid...

Mayonnaise: Don’t put spoonfuls onto your burger or take heaping piles of potato salad. Instead, try opting for less mayo on your burger and put more veggies on your plate instead of potato salad.

Pre-Made Margaritas: Pre-made margarita mixes are full of sugar, sour juice (fake), and artificial flavor and coloring. Instead, make fresh margaritas or opt for mojitos instead. 

Enjoy!

Watermelons and Meat: Watermelon is full of water, which will keep you hydrated more than your average fruit, while meat is a great source of protein. Just be sure to stay away from fatty or really thick cuts of meat and have just half of a bun. Chicken and fish taste great grilled!

Water: Yes, this was a given. Water is so important for you, especially as the weather gets warmer. You need to drink more water if you want to stay healthy and hydrated. However, if you’re going for an alcoholic drink, choose a mojito with fresh lime juice OR mix your favorite liquor (one that is non-flavored) with 100% juice and water. 

The most important thing to do is pay attention to how you physically feel after eating certain foods. Do you feel tired and bloated after eating creamy potato salad or a big burger on a bun? You might have a dairy or wheat sensitivity that causes you to bloat.   

Make sure you’re viewing food as fuel instead of just something that tastes good. Value your body and your life enough so that you’re actually excited to put good, healthy, and pure foods and drinks into your body.

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Summer is all about kicking back with friends and family.

Grilling is a common theme during the warmer months. However, when big groups come over you may fret over how to serve them all a deliciously good meal. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have a tasty and healthier meal that’ll make people confidant enough to eat in their bathing suits!

5 Ideas for a Healthy Group Grill

Choose Chicken: This protein tends to be a cheaper option than red meat and most fish. Highlight the dish with different seasoning and topping options!
Veggie Mix: Along with a light protein, include a fun mix of veggies for those who aren’t into eating meat. Peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplants, and tomatoes are all good to roast on the grill – either as a veggie kabob or light side.
Smart Oil Choices: *A study shows Mazola® corn oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Choose Mazola® corn oil when grilling your meats and veggies as it has a neutral taste, so it brings out the flavors of your favorite foods!
Low-Cal Cocktails: Just because you’re going for healthier options doesn’t mean you and your group can’t have a little drink here or there. Choose red wine (**can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease) or a classic vodka tonic instead of overloaded sugary drinks. For those opting for red wine, choose a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah or Pinot Noir as they have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which help in reducing production of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (also know as "bad" cholesterol).
Potluck Party: Why worry about cooking a ton of food when everyone can bring over a dish? Encourage everyone to bring a unique and healthy food option so you all can try new, tasty and good-for-you dishes!
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to grill in that itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, ye- OK you get the gist.

For more grilling ideas and dinner recipes, check out www.mazola.com.

This article is sponsored by Mazola®.

* Benefits of corn oil compared to extra-virgin olive oil consumption on the plasma lipid profile in men and women with elevated cholesterol: results from a controlled feeding trial. Poster session presented at: American Society for Nutrition’s Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition Conference; 2013 Dec 5-7; Washington, D.C. Study sponsored in part by ACH Food Companies, Inc.
** American Heart Association. Red wine and Your Heart. Available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/111/2/e10.full. 

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