How to Eat Healthy (and Enjoy Yourself) During Summer BBQ Season 

Between backyard barbecues and wedding season, it can be easy to overindulge during the summer months. While we don’t recommend depriving yourself or going on a strict diet, we do think it’s possible to eat healthy and enjoy yourself this season. This week on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing our top tips & tricks to keep your health on track this summer — along with a roundup of some healthy, seasonal recipes for your next cookout! 

 

5 Simple Tips to Eat Healthy During the Summer 

 

  • Take Advantage of the Grill
  • Pack on the Summer Produce
  • Beware of Added Sugars
  • Stay Well Hydrated
  • Don’t Skip Meals 

 

Take Advantage of the Grill 

 

Sun’s out, grill’s out! For a lighter alternative this season, cut back on the fried food and heavy sauces by taking advantage of outdoor grilling. From fish and chicken to veggie kebabs and even grilled pineapple, the options are endless! If you’re sticking to a vegetarian diet, here are some of our favorite meatless grilling tips and recipes

 

Pack on the Summer Produce 

 

When it comes to healthy living, nothing trumps fresh produce straight from Mother Nature — and luckily this season is chock-full of colorful fruits and vegetables. Be sure to stock up on a variety of fresh, nutrient-rich produce like berries, summer squash, and tomatoes. Pack your picnic basket with these summer produce picks

 

Beware of Added Sugars  

 

From frozen poolside strawberry daiquiris to frequent trips to the ice cream shop, sweet treats can be tempting during the summertime! While we’re all for treating yourself, it’s also important to be mindful of added sugars sneaking their way into drinks, condiments, and even “healthy” frozen yogurts. Try swapping some of your favorite frozen treats with these healthier alternatives to satisfy your cravings and help keep you cool this summer.  

 

Stay Well Hydrated 

Healthy eating and hydration go hand in hand, and it’s especially important to drink enough water during the summer heat! Keep a reusable water bottle on hand and choose water-packed fruits and veggies like cucumber and watermelon to stay hydrated throughout the day. Here’s some more suggestions to keep you cool this summer!  

 

Don’t Skip Meals

 

If you’re going to a party later in the day, it may be tempting to “cut back” on calories by skipping meals or fasting — but this is likely going to backfire and make your cravings go haywire. Instead, eat a wholesome, nourishing breakfast and choose healthy snacks throughout the day like raw veggies with hummus to help keep you satisfied. 

 

10 Healthy Summertime BBQ Recipes 

 

  • Mediterranean Pasta Salad
  • Zucchini Sliders
  • Summer Peach Spinach Salad
  • Lavender Matcha Lemonade
  • Grilled Caprese Pesto Chicken Skewers
  • Fresh Mango Salsa
  • Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli
  • Summer Quinoa Salad
  • Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp in Avocado Boat
  • Blueberry Superfood Ice Pops 

 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

 

What’s a cookout without pasta salad? This version is loaded with veggies — like arugula, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes — for an extra crunch and a nutrient boost, then topped with a heart-healthy olive oil based dressing. 

 

Get the recipe here via Love and Lemons! 

 

Zucchini Sliders

 

Looking to cut back on processed carbs? Swap your burger bun with zucchini wedges! To make zucchini sliders, use ground beef or feel free to try it with a veggie burger if you’re going meatless. Deck it out just as you would a regular burger with all your favorite fixin’s! 

 

Get the recipe here via Amanda’s Cookin’! 

 

Summer Peach Spinach Salad with Avocado, Toasted Almonds & Goat Cheese 

 

Every summer BBQ should have a salad, and we’ve got the perfect option to satisfy your summer cravings. This vibrant salad features in-season peaches mixed with avocado, spinach, goat cheese, toasted almonds, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It’s the ultimate grilling side dish! 

 

Get the recipe here via Ambitious Kitchen! 

 

Lavender Matcha Lemonade 

 

Lemonade is a classic party hit for all ages, but instead of buying sugary store-bought containers, opt for making your own. We love this super hydrating summer variety made with lavender flowers, coconut water, lemon and our Green Vibrance Matcha Tea. 

 

Get the recipe here via Vibrant Health! 

 

Grilled Caprese Pesto Chicken Skewers

 

Jazz up your traditional caprese appetizer with these grilled skewers! The chicken and tomatoes are grilled to perfection, then served over mozzarella and fresh basil for a tantalizing party app.

 

Get the recipe here via Half Baked Harvest! 

 

Fresh Mango Salsa 

 

Chips and dip are a must-have BBQ staple! Wow your guests with this Fresh Mango Salsa — made with peppers, onion, lime, cilantro, and jalapeno for a little heat. Serve with tortilla chips, fish tacos, or try it as a sweet & spicy burger topping. 

 

Get the recipe here via Cookie and Kate! 

 

Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli

 

Swap your boiled corn on the cob with this fresh & fun grilled variety! The corn is cooked (husk on) directly on the grill, then topped with a homemade vegan aioli sauce — made with garlic, lime juice, sriracha, and heart-healthy cashews for a creamy effect. 

 

Get the recipe here via Minimalist Baker! 

 

Summer Quinoa Salad

 

Get a healthy dose of whole grains with this easy Summer Quinoa Salad! Made with fresh summer produce like peaches, tomatoes, corn, and avocado, this colorful salad is sure to liven up your plate.  

 

Get the recipe here via Two Peas & Their Pod! 

 

Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp in Avocado Boat

 

Add some seafood to the menu with this zesty Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp recipe! Served in an avocado “boat,” these make for an adorable pass-around party hors d’oeuvre. 

 

Get the recipe here via Joyful Healthy Eats!

 

Blueberry Superfood Ice Pops 

 

You can’t forget about dessert! Wrap up your next summer pool party by serving up these delicious frozen pops — made with frozen blueberries, bananas, coconut cream, and a scoop of our Green Vibrance superfood powder. 

 

Get the recipe here via Vibrant Health! 

 

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended as a substitute for advice provided by a competent health care professional. You should not use this information in diagnosing or treating a health problem. No claim or opinion in this blog is intended to be, nor should be construed to be, medical advice. If you are now taking any drugs, prescribed or not, or have a medical condition, please consult a competent physician who is aware of herb/drug interactions before taking any herbal supplements. The information presented herein has not been evaluated by the FDA or the Department of Health and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, cure, mitigate or treat any disease or illness.

 

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