4 Tricks for a Healthier Summer Cookout

1. Bring A Healthy Dish To Pass

The best way to stay healthy and have some control over what you eat at this summer's hottest BBQ events is to bring the healthy dish. Choose one that is substantial enough to be a meal (if it needs to be) but one that would make a great side dish for the rest of the people at the party. We recommend trying out our Lemon Avocado Soba Noodle recipe.  

2. Start Fresh

Skip the ruffled Lay's potato chips and head straight to the carrots and cucumbers with hummus. Starting your meal off with a fiber-rich appetizer will help keep your appetite in check, your caloric intake guilt-free and will still leave enough room for you to enjoy the main course. 

3. Put Your Veggies On The Grill

From asparagus to eggplant and even avocado, grilled vegetables are the best way to capture that smokey summer flavor that we all crave. I love tossing my favorite vegetables on wooden skewers and then brushing them lightly with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Tip: Make some extra and the next day you'll have  the perfect lunch bowl if you add them to brown rice and some power greens. Also, have you tried grilling fruits? If not, give peaches a try! 

4. Choose The Healthiest Cuts of Meat

The wonderful world of meat can be a tricky one to navigate especially once you take a deep dive into your specific dietary needs, but here are a few high level tips for choosing the best meats to grill this summer. Note: The American Heart Association recommends limiting lean meat, poultry and seafood consumption to six ounces per day. 

  • Meats labeled with sirloin, round or loin at typically the leanest, whereas cuts labeled "prime" are typically fattier,
  • Leaner meats tend to be less juicy, so instead focus on the marinades to boost flavor and maintain moisture.
  • Don't be afraid to get adventurous, try bison or venison steaks, they are often leaner than their beef counterparts but offer up a unique flavor profile.
  • Grass-fed beef and free-range chicken tend to be leaner than conventional meats and packed full of more omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their myriad of health benefits. These meats will be more expensive then grain-fed versions but are the more ethical option. Have you read our meat on the side guide yet?