Throwing a BBQ? 5 Healthy Menu Ideas

Throwing a BBQ is the perfect way to enjoy time with friends and family, but it doesn’t have to mean trouble for your diet. Here are 5 healthy menu items that will be sure to please everyone.

1. Fajitas

It may sound very traditional, but fajitas are an excellent dish when serving large crowds. Guests can customize their meal to suit their own wishes, so your diners are more likely to walk away satisfied. Lean steak will please those that like to eat red meat, while others may prefer to eat chicken. Season either meat with fajita seasoning. Grill onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and squash for vegetarians or for extra filling. Provide a side table with low-fat cheese, fat-free sour cream, guacamole and refried beans. Your guests will be able to eat to their fill, but healthy choices are still available for those that require them.

2. Shrimp Kabobs

Shrimp kabobs are a perfect way to change up your BBQ menu. They will give your guests a kick of flavor while still keeping good eating habits. Shell and de-vein the shrimp. Marinate them in olive oil, cilantro, garlic and basil. When you are ready to grill the shrimp, add the same oil mix to the vegetables that you want to put on your kabobs. Red and green bell peppers, onions and potatoes are good choices, but you can add any veggies that you would like. Alternate veggies and shrimp on the skewers, and then put them on the grill. You might also choose to have the rest of your menu based on seafood, such as grilled salmon and boiled crab. Surround the seafood with vegetables to make the table colorful and the dishes tasty.

3. Roasted Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is a treat at any BBQ, but it is even more so when it has been roasted. When you are shucking the corn, save a few of the husks and set them aside. After washing the corn, wrap the ears in the husks. Place them on a hot grill, and turn them occasionally as the bottom half will cook more quickly. Be careful not to leave them on the grill for too long, as the smoky flavor will overpower the flavor of the sweet corn.

4. Smoked Avocado

Avocados are nutritious for many reasons, and they are easy to add to any menu. Make yours a little different by smoking your avocados on the grill. After washing the avocado, cut it in half. Remove the pit, but do not remove the skin. Place the halves on the grill skins down. Grill for about 5 minutes or until it suits your tastebuds. This goes well with appetizers, southwestern menus and Mediterranean-based dishes.

5. Buffalo Burgers

If your guests want to eat beef but you want to lead them in a healthier direction, try buffalo meat. It is leaner, lower in cholesterol, and has a higher iron content. The meat cooks similarly to beef and has a full robust flavor.

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