Healthy Cookout Food
It’s cookout season, and with my newest discovery about my food allergies (Hi, my name is Katelyn and I’m allergic to chemicals in processed foods) I thought making a list of healthy foods was perfect! Some people have food allergies or even just personal preferences surrounding food. I think we all as human beings should be mindful of this and cater to these possibilities to the best of our ability. If you don’t know where to start or what options are out there, check out this list!
This recipe from Cookie and Kate is one of my favorites! It’s a basic recipe but she also gives a few variations to make specific recipes like cranberry, honey, and gingerbread. The basic ingredients you will need are: oats, nuts or seeds, coconut oil (unrefined oil), natural sweetener (100% syrup or Honey), and dried fruit!
This is a perfect snack for a cookout because it’s perfect to make big batches of. You don’t have to worry about running out! I also think it’s good to eat in front of a nice fire with all of your friends and family!
Fruit and veggie platter with hummus/Greek yogurt dressing
Fruit and veggie platters are a staple of any BBQ! This classic is already a healthy option, but it can be taken up a step by switching out the regular dressing for a Greek yogurt-based dressing or hummus.
Greek yogurt-based dressings are healthier because they have more vitamins and nutrients than regular dressing as well as more calcium and less sugars. Hummus is also a good option made from chickpeas. It’s a good source of protein, carbs, and fiber if made at home and comes in many different flavors such as red pepper, onion, and spicy!
Burgers are an American go to when BBQ season comes around! There are plenty of ways to make this meal a healthy one! Making sure you choose a lean meat option is one of the easiest ways to make it healthier. Making it an open face sandwich (no top bun) is also an easy way to make it healthier.
Lean meat is best because it takes out the skin and dark meats, which makes it fattier than is healthy. Don’t forget that Vegan burgers exist too! Using only one side of a bun lowers the carb intake since the recommended daily serving of carbohydrates is two.
Chicken veggie skewers
Meat and veggies skewers are a great outdoor food option because they can be eaten standing or sitting, which makes them perfect for a crowded BBQ party. There are so many options for what you can put on the skewers. Many people choose to grill the veggies and chicken together and some even add grilled fruit!
Skewer meals are my absolute favorite BBQ meals because I love to play games while I eat and walk about and talk to everybody. They’re also a really good option for children as well because they are easy finger foods. Just make sure they don’t run around with them!
What are some of your favorite healthy BBQ meals?!