Labor Day Cookout Ideas: 5 Healthy BBQ Options
Labor Day is right around the corner and that means a few things: you won’t have work, the kids won’t have school, and you’ll be in charge of putting together a BBQ to celebrate. If you are currently trying to watch your weight, a BBQ can be an easy place to fall off the tracks. If you’re in charge of the food choices for the BBQ, you’ll have the advantage. Let’s take a look at the top 5 healthy BBQ ideas so that you can have a great time without the worry of weight gain.
- Steak and Onions
Let’s kick off this list with an item that is as good for breakfast as it is for lunch or dinner: steak and onions. Nothing says BBQ quite like the smell of a steak on the grill. Pair the steak with freshly cut onions for a tasty, muscle building meal. Careful though: As delicious as it may be, you should indulge wisely. You don’t want to overdo it with the high fat and cholesterol content of the steak.
- Cedar Block Salmon
Next up is salmon. The taste of salmon is so good that you don’t even need to put a seasoning on it. If you are insistent upon seasoning then go no further than that of salt, pepper, and maybe parsley. If you really want to kick your meal up a notch then try cooking it on a plank of cedar wood. You can buy these at any home cooking store. Salmon is high in protein and high in heart healthy omega fatty acids.
- Homemade Veggie Burgers
You can’t have a BBQ without burgers but those store-bought processed hamburgers are nothing but junk. Why not stick to your diet and wow your guests with some homemade veggie burgers?
Veggie burgers have gotten a bad rap over the years but vegetarianism has come a long way and with it, some fantastic recipes. Try any of these five burger recipes here. Your guests won’t believe it’s a veggie burger.
- Vegetable Kababs
You know that you have to eat a daily serving of 8 to 12 vegetables and what easier way to do that than by throwing them on the grill. Vegetables aren’t the tastiest things in the world but that call changes when they are put on the grill with herbal seasonings. Pair these with our number one item and you’ll be set.
- Grilled Chicken Breast
When it comes to a healthy BBQ alternative, nothing beats this bodybuilding staple. Chicken is packed with protein and contains no carbohydrates. As healthy as chicken is, the one place that people fall time and time again is the condiments. Keep your chicken breasts simple with salt, pepper, and garlic. The smokiness of the grill with those herbs is perfect and tasty.
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