It’s backyard barbecue season! We can’t think of a better way to spend the warm summer nights than to gather up some friends for dinner and drinks! Yet, some of the tastiest BBQ foods aren’t exactly “bikini bod-friendly.” Which led us on the hunt for some light and healthy twists on favorite BBQ dishes. So fire up the grill, invite your friends over and try out these delish and guilt-free alternatives! P.S. here’s the perfect light margarita recipe to go with!
Recipe via Against All Grain
We can’t get enough of artichokes during the summer. It’s such a simple, no fuss dish! Pair them with a zesty and creamy dipping sauce and you will have yourself the perfect grilled appetizer.
Recipe via Cookie and Kate
I think this may be our dream side salad. The crisp, shredded brussels combined with tangy honey mustard dressing, toasted almonds and dried cherries make for a refreshing and light side dish. This is definitely a lighter alternative to the normal mayo-saturated coleslaws!
Recipe via Tone It Up
As much as we’d love to chow down on buffalo wings, we also want to rock our favorite swim suits this summer! This identical replica to buffalo wings using cauliflower will leave you feeling satisfied and guilt-free.
Recipe via Be Well By Kelly
This healthy twist on a traditional burger is not only delicious, but you’re getting in the ideal amount of protein, fiber, greens and fat. It’s a win, win!
Recipe via Le Creme de la Crumb
We’re pretty sure mango salsa should be incorporated into every summer meal. But it’s especially good topped on a fresh, grilled piece of salmon!
Grilled Pineapple (with a sweet & optional addition)
Recipe via Chatelaine
You can’t have a backyard BBQ without dessert! This tasty and (mostly) healthy dish is as appealing on the eyes as it is for the tummy. If you’re willing to splurge a bit, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle!