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Healthy, delicious barbecue options

Summer is approaching, which means barbecue season is just getting started. Here are some options that are both healthy and tasty if you’re looking to host a barbecue that will keep you on track with your healthy eating goals!

Hawaiian Turkey Sliders

Grill using lean turkey instead of beef. Serve up these sliders with vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes. For some extra flavor, add in avocado. Finally, to give it a true Hawaiian flavor, slice some pineapples to mix in with the juicy burger as a substitute for bread!

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Garlic-Parmesan Hasselback Zucchini

“Hasselback” refers to thinly slicing the zucchini almost to the bottom of the vegetable. This technique is commonly used when grilling/barbecuing this tasty and versatile vegetable. In these small pockets of space you’ve created when slicing, stuff the area with flavor by sprinkling in some garlic, shaved Parmesan cheese, and salt.

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Plank-Grilled Miso Salmon

When frying fish, you run the risk of either drying it out, having it stick to the grate, or flaking and breaking when attempting to turn it. To avoid these pitfalls and keep the smoky barbecue flavor of your salmon, cook it on a plank. Add in some miso-maple glaze to help complement the rich flavors of the fish. Miso glaze both sweetens and adds a salty flavor to an already savory dish. Add in green onions, sesame seeds, and ground pepper to complete this dish.

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Cabbage & Smoked Sausage Grill Packets

No barbecue is complete without sausage. To save on the calories without missing out on the protein, substitute turkey sausages instead of using beef sausages. Add in cabbage and caramelized onion to complete this hearty meal that will satisfy you. If you want to make it into a sandwich, add in a whole wheat bun that you can toast on the grill!

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Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican grilled corn is a delicious and traditional dish to include in your next barbecue. It’s low in sodium and great for your vegetarian guests. Apply a variety of toppings including cheese, lime, and condiments like low-fat mayonnaise.

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For Health Advocate members

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the wellness coaching component of our Wellness Program, contact your coach for more information on eating healthy during the summer.