Try our healthy BBQ ideas this summer

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Looking for some healthy BBQ ideas to try this summer?

We’ve put together some sizzling suggestions to bring some colour and joy to your grill. So grab your tongs and let’s get grilling.

Mighty meat

Many people associate barbecues with red meat. And even though cooking burgers and steak on the grill is better for you than frying them, there are even healthier ways to add some protein to your meal.

Here are our top picks:

  • Turkey burgers
  • Grilled chicken
  • Salmon or tuna steaks
  • Prawns

Each can be enjoyed in a bun or with some wholegrain pasta, brown rice or salad.

Curb those carbs

Sweet potatoes are a much healthier alternative to the humble potato. They can be enjoyed as skin-on fries and chunky wedges – or wrap whole ones in foil and grill them for a speedy way to make mash.

You can also crisp up bread on the barbecue. Add a thin layer of low-fat spread to wholegrain buns, flatbread or garlic bread and grill for a couple of minutes.

Add a little colour

Although many people think barbecues are just for meat eaters, there are loads of tasty dishes you can cook if you are vegan or vegetarian.

Almost any vegetable can be cooked on the grill, from aubergine and courgettes to carrots and peppers. They make sensational sides and tasty mains.

But the most versatile veggie of all is the cauliflower. Cut it into thick steak-sized slices and season with curry powder, chilli powder or steak seasoning.

And for a sweeter sizzle…

Fancy something a little sweeter? You can even cook desserts on the barbecue:

  • Wrap a banana in foil with the peel still on
  • Leave it on the barbecue for a couple of minutes
  • Let it cool for a moment, then unwrap and unpeel it
  • Serve with a sprinkling of nuts and honey – and a dash of low-fat cream

For something a bit more tropical, grill some pineapple slices and serve with our coconut ice-cream.

Which healthy BBQ ideas will you try this summer?

Our healthy BBQ ideas show that it is possible to serve healthy, delicious food on the grill. And because lean meat and vegetables usually cost less than red meat, it’s a much cheaper way to throw your next summer party!

Check out our blog for some more healthy lifestyle tips.

Further reading

BBQ food safety

04 June, 2024