Thursday, May 27, 2010

Healthy Barbecue Ideas for Memorial Day by Lara Veazey, MA,RD/LD,NSCA-CPT

Healthy Barbecue Ideas for Memorial Day

 Make a fruit salad with all the fresh in season fruit

 Make a quick and easy Summer Salad with Spinach, sliced onions, strawberries, blueberries, apples, walnuts, and reduced fat gorgonzola cheese with balsamic vinaigrette

 Veggie kebobs with red pepper, green pepper, zucchini, squash, onion

 Make chicken salad with lots of fruits and veggies such as apples, grapes, onion, celery and replace mayo with nonfat plain Greek yogurt

 Use whole wheat buns or Orowheat whole wheat sandwich thins for hamburgers

 Instead of high fat hamburgers, try bison burgers, turkey burgers, or garden burgers

 Instead of fatty steaks, ribs, and chicken wings, try skinless boneless chicken breast or kabobs, and grilled fish such as salmon, halibut or shrimp

 Make a healthy potato salad using nonfat Greek yogurt

 Use fruit for dessert and pair with a light angel food cake and light whip cream

 Use black beans and add to avocado, corn, red pepper, green pepper, Poblano peppers, lime juice, cumin, minced garlic, fresh ground black pepper, Tabasco sauce, tomatoes and use as an excellent dip for a party or serve over grilled chicken or fish (always a crowd favorite)

 Use baked chips in place of fried potato chips or make sweet potato fries baked in the oven with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle of cumin

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