14 Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Grill Recipes
Backyard BBQ healthy grill recipes
Who says barbecue has to be synonymous with red meat? Whether you’re having a backyard BBQ for the unofficial start of summer (Memorial Day) or end (Labor Day), or if you grill year-round, there are healthy grill recipes for your favorite BBQ foods that don’t sacrifice flavor. Not convinced? We tapped several nutrition experts for suggestions of BBQ foods that are actually good for you. Give one—or all—a try with these healthy grill recipes for your next cookout.
Available year-round, zucchini is best during the summer, especially if freshly plucked from your own garden. A delicious source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and fiber, it packs a nutritious punch for only 19 calories per cup. Simply seasoned with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, zucchini is delicious on the grill, says Rachael Hartley, RD, in Columbia, South Carolina. “I like to make extra and use leftovers for pasta, salads, and sandwiches during the week.”
Corn on the cob is a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C and B6. It’s also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds that are linked to a reduced risk for macular degeneration, according to a review of studies published in 2015 in Journal of Ophthalmology. “There’s nothing better than sweet summer corn,” says Natalie Rizzo, RD, in New York City and founder of Nutrition à la Natalie, about one of her healthy grill recipes. “I like to throw it on an indoor grill in the husks. It gives a nice smoky charred flavor. To make it a little special, top with cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime.”