If you’re looking for some healthy BBQ inspiration, look no further. Say goodbye to charred meat and white baps, here’s how to have a delicious, healthy BBQ.

 

SERVE HEALTHIER NIBBLES

Instead of crisps, try olives and unroasted nuts for nibbles for enjoy you wait for the main event. Make some kale crisps or serve a healthier dip, such as guacamole with vegetable crudités.

 

RETHINK YOUR MEAT

Cooking food, especially meat, over smoke and flames can create carcinogens. Aim to cook food for longer over a lower heat. Don’t burn food and clean the grill well after you’ve finished. Meat varies hugely in quality. Avoid highly processed burgers and sausages. Online suppliers like Coombe Farm provide BBQ boxes with organic burgers and sausages made from traditionally reared, organic meat and no added nasties. Or try something different. Marinated organic chicken thighs, venison steaks and lamb chops all work well. Fish like monkfish or salmon can be cooked in a tin foil parcel, or on skewers.

 

WATCH OUT FOR SUGAR-HEAVY SAUCES

Swerve sugary tomato, BBQ and sweet chilli sauces. Instead, marinade in herbs and spices for flavour. For a healthy salad or vegetable dressing, shake three parts olive oil with one part citrus or vinegar (try apple cider or coconut vinegar). If you are a fan of classics like tomato sauce and mayonnaise, try a high quality, healthier brand like Dr Wills.

 

Read more: How To Avoid Hidden Sugars

 

BE CREATIVE WITH SALADS

There are many delicious ingredients that can be added to salads so think beyond iceberg and cucumber. Some of my favourite ingredients for jazzing up a salad include: pomegranate, spiralized courgette, walnuts, pine nuts, rocket leaves, fresh basil and mint. Or try my Strawberry and Avocado Salad recipe.

 

DON’T FORGET VEGETABLES

Many of us tend to be so focussed on meat that we miss out on delicious barbecued vegetables. Peppers, aubergine, mushrooms and courgette work well cut into similarly sized pieces, brushed with olive oil and cooked on skewers. Corn on the cob works well too.

 

Read more: 3 Ways Eating Vegetables Aids Weight Loss

 

CONSIDER ALCOHOL ALTERNATIVES

If alcohol is normally a key feature of your barbecue, consider offering some more interesting non alcoholic drink options too. Pitchers of infused waters will ensure everyone stays hydrated, try one of these three flavourful combinations from Marbella Club‘s Chef Andrés:

  • Cucumber, green apple, thyme sprigs and lemon peel.
  • Mango, lime, juniper berries and basil leaves.
  • Pineapple, strawberry, ginger, mint leaves and star anise.

 

BARBECUED FRUIT MAKES A GREAT DESSERT

Slices of fresh pineapple are delicious barbecued. Or wait until the BBQ has died down leaving just white coals and pop bananas onto it, skins on. Leave them until the entire skin has turned black and they are soft to pinch, then peel away the skin and eat. Try your banana topped with Nibble’s Madagascan chocolate chips (which will melt onto your hot banana) and a dollop of coconut milk yoghurt.

 

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