Summer is synonymous with barbecues and outdoor parties, so we’ve rounded up our best healthy barbecue tips and tricks to keep you going all season long!
1. BYOB: Alcoholic drinks, especially cocktails and coolers, are full of sugar and artificial flavors and colors. Make your own simple healthy cocktails by adding clear liquor like vodka or gin to organic, cold-pressed juices. Or try one of these refreshing drinks with or without the booze.
2. Natural Bug Repellant: Use pots of pest-controlling herbs like basil and rosemary as table decorations. Have DEET-free sprays that use essential oils (we like Dr. Mercola’s Bug Spray) on hand in case your guests need them.
3. Snack Smart: Don’t let the Scary Seven crash the party. Opt for organic, non-GMO tortilla chips with a simple salsa, guacamole, or hummus that you can make yourself. Homemade popcorn (choose organic kernels) topped with coconut oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast will surprise and delight your guests.
4. Choose Healthier Meat and Buns: Look for grass-fed meat free of hormones and antibiotics, and pair it with sprouted or whole grain or whole buns. You can even swap the bun for cabbage, lettuce, or portobello mushrooms for a vegetable-filled twist.
5. Show Stopping Toppings: Keep things fun with a mini muffin tin to offer a variety of different toppings like kimchi, sauerkraut, guacamole, chopped herbs, and salsa along with conventional ketchup and mustard. Make your own delicious BBQ sauce by combining San-J’s Organic Gluten-Free Tarmari, garlic, ginger, orange juice, honey and sesame oil for a healthy and tasty take on this barbecue staple.
6. Grill Everything: Get creative with what you put on the grill. Make veggie skewers with peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions; slice pineapple, watermelon, or peaches; or a hunk of Halloumi cheese.
7. Cool Off: Keep dessert simple and light with homemade dairy-free ice cream or avocado fudge pops. These are a great way to sneak some extra nutrition into a busy kid’s diet without sacrificing the fun. They’re both simple to make and can be whipped up ahead of time.