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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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