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Healthier options for your backyard BBQ

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By The Edith Sanford team

August 27, 2014

Backyard barbecues are a hallmark of summer. They can also be jam-packed with bad fats, calories and unhealthy choices.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite cookout flavors using healthier ingredients that can help you stay on track with a risk-reducing lifestyle.

The big cheese

One of the simplest ways to reduce the amount saturated fat (a.k.a. “bad” fat linked to an increased risk of cancer and heart disease) on your wobbly paper plate is to hold the cheese on your burger. You won’t even miss it! And, bonus points if the hamburger meat is nice and lean!

Skip the burger altogether

Try kebabs instead! Combine lean, deliciously marinated beef or chicken with lots of tomatoes, peppers, onions and even squash, and grill away.

Corn on the cob conundrum

Big ears of sweet corn are commonplace at barbecues, but too often they’re served dripping with butter. There are, however, healthier alternatives. For example, try sprinkling on some basil, olive oil and sea salt to amp up flavor without adding too much bad-for-you fat.

Don’t forget dessert

Instead of a pie or other dish with a fatty crust and lots of added sugar, try putting pineapple or peaches on the grill. Make sure your grill plate is clean and simply place the fruit on the grill, then serve with some fresh ricotta cheese. It’s an adventurous way to break out of the traditional dessert mold.

Summer barbecues don’t have to mean overloading on bad-for-you foods. With a little imagination, you can enjoy the flavors you love while keeping your healthy lifestyle on track.

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