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6 ways to make your BBQ healthier

Small swaps make big differences.

BBQ IS TASTY, tasty stuff  and there’s no denying it – but it’s not necessarily the healthiest thing you could eat.

From salads being slathered in mayonnaise to just the sheer amount of meat on offer, there’s plenty of delicious, but slightly less than healthy, food on offer.

However, there are ways to make a BBQ healthier. Some of these are by substituting ingredients, and some are substituting whole dishes but either way, putting a little thought into what you’re cooking and eating will mean a healthier, less guilt-inducing, BBQ.

And who doesn’t want that?

1. Use a homemade marinade

Source: EatingWell

You mightn’t realise it,but a lot of those store bought BBQ sauce style marinades are chock full of sugar and preservatives.

In an effort to have more control over what you put in your mouth, it’s a good idea to make as much from scratch as you possibly can.

So here’s an unusual recipe that’s full of those antioxidants you hear so much about these days – but don’t let that put you off, it’s got bourbon in there, too.

2. Swap your sides

Source: Two Healthy Kitchens

We love coleslaw as much as the next person, don’t get us wrong, but the stuff is slathered in mayonnaise.

If you’re watching your weight or your health generally it might be worth checking out some sides and salads that use citrus juice as a lighter dressing.

We did a piece on six tasty BBQ sides here, but we would never deny you coleslaw, so here’s a healthy coleslaw recipe for your repertoire also.

3. Precook meat

Source: Shutterstock/B. and E. Dudzinscy

This is a general food-safety tip rather than a making it healthier tip, but in our minds if you don’t give yourself food poisoning, that’s healthy, right?

Plus it means you’ll spend less time cooking and more time eating.


4. Add veggies

Source: Health

While throwing sausages on the BBQ with utter abandon is the highlight of the summer, it pays to consider adding some of the other food groups on offer.

Vegetables such as corn on the cob, peppers, courgettes and aubergines, all grill up rather nicely on the BBQ and that old favourite of wrapping potatoes in tinfoil and baking them among the coals never fails to hit the spot.

So round out all that meat-eating with a little nutrition, alright?

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5. Something fishy…

Source: Shutterstock/Africa Studio

We all know that fish is brain food. It’s good for you in so many ways – from its healthy oil content to it being a source of lean protein.

And believe it or not, it BBQs really well.

So, here’s a recipe with a nice soy sauce and brown sugar marinade for you to try.

6. Fruit salad

Source: The Roasted Root

You can’t have a BBQ without having some dessert options and what better way to get some of your 5-a-day in and eat something delicious at the same time?

This is as far from the tins of fruit cocktail that used to be served up to you Sunday in, Sunday out during your childhood summers.

This is the fruit salad of the gods.


Check it out. 

Do you have any suggestions to make your BBQ healthier? Let us know in the comments below.

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Edel Corrigan

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