Healthy Eating for Summer Barbecues

It’s that time of the year again – break out the grill!  Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ or a picnic in the park.  It’s the perfect time to start flavoring up your favorite summer foods and drinks the healthy way! The key to creating a healthy summer BBQ is quality foods and ingredients.

Keep on reading to learn how to make your favorite summer foods healthy and flavorful.

Healthy Eating for Summer Barbecues on TV in Baltimore 

I recently appeared on WBAL with ideas for flavorful and healthy summer foods and drinks. Watch this clip for my tips and ideas, and check out the highlights below.

Featuring: Sunkist Grilled Marinated Rib Eye Steaks with Grapefruit Recipe, McCormick Asian Refrigerator Pickles Recipe, Wonderful Pistachios, The Real Deal Natural Snacks veggie chips, Pom Wonderful Juice Blends 

Add Flavor and Nutrients with Sunkist Citrus Fruits 

Sunkist offers a huge variety of premium quality fresh citrus year-round!  One of my favorite fruits to use in my summer dishes is grapefruit.  A true superfood, grapefruit provides antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, giving you the nutrients that promote heart health and glowing skin. Sunkist has a delicious Grilled Marinated Rib Eye Steaks with Grapefruit recipe that I love.  The rib-eyes are marinated with grapefruit juice, ginger, soy, and a little brown sugar for an amazing, zesty flavor, and then they’re grilled and topped with sauteed mushrooms.

Sunkist Valencia

The Sunkist recipe for Orange and Honey Grilled Chicken Strip Skewers is another favorite in my house. The chicken is marinated and basted with Sunkist Valencia oranges, green onion, cilantro and honey, and then grilled.  Sunkist Valencia oranges are at peak season now, and are ideal for juicing and marinades.  This recipe takes just 15 minutes and makes the perfect entree for your backyard barbecue!

Eat Colorful Summer Vegetables – Grilled or Pickled

Get your vitamins and minerals by eating all of those colorful summer veggies! Give your veggies a boost of flavor by using McCormick spices and herbs.  You can easily take advantage of fresh summer produce and make what’s good-for-you taste great with this simple Mixed Vegetable Grill recipe.  All you have to do is grab all of your favorite veggies and mix them in a bowl with a sweet and spicy blend of McCormick basil leaves, garlic powder, and black pepper with a touch of brown sugar.  Drizzle olive oil on top and then mix.  Once mixed, grill for about 10 minutes and you’ll have those great tasting veggies everyone will love!

McCormick Pickles

There’s always that new summer trend everyone’s talking about and wanting to try.  Well this summer, the latest trend is “quick pickling”.  Show off this new trend with the perfect Asian Refrigerator Pickles Recipe from McCormick.   These pickles are made with just English cucumber, red pepper, radishes, and carrots.  I personally use McCormick’s mixed pickling spice, because it gives you the right combination of spices and herbs, without the hassle of a full canning process. Check out McCormick.com for these recipes and tips to add more summer produce to the table and make your celebrations delicious.

Elevate Your Snacking Spread – Wonderful Pistachios

When looking for that great tasting crunchy summer snack, Pistachios are the way to go!  They make the perfect snack for munching on at your backyard BBQ while waiting for the grill, and they also go great with a cold beer.  They offer three times as many pieces per serving than potato chips and are a great source of protein and fiber.  We need protein in our diet for our body to repair and maintain itself, and fiber to prevent heart disease and lower our cholesterol!  If you want to add some flavor to your pistachios, don’t worry, Wonderful Pistachios come in many different flavors.  My favorite is Sweet Chili flavor which goes great paired with fresh watermelon.  This makes the perfect healthy snack to munch on during a hot summer day!

pistachios

Smarter Snacks 

Another better-for-you snack to enjoy while soaking up the sun at your backyard BBQ are veggie chips by The Real Deal Natural Snacks.  They taste a lot better than those plain old boring potato chips and are all-natural, gluten free, vegan, kosher and have 80% less fat than potato chips!!  They are made with real green peas, corn and rice, and there’s a serving and a half of vegetables in each ounce!  They come in two great tasting varieties: Original, and Sriracha which gives a spicy flavor kick!  Add these to a burger if you’re looking for that crunch, or just set them out in a bowl for everyone to enjoy!

Real Deal Sriracha

Hydrate with 100% Juice and “Mocktails

It’s always important to stay hydrated, especially in hot summer weather.  POM Wonderful‘s refreshing 100% juice blends are a delicious choice for healthy summer hydration.  They come in three thirst-quenching blends:  POM Coconut, POM Hula and POM mango, each combining the beneifts of 100% pure pomegranate juice with refreshing flavors.  POM Coconut, a blend of pomegranate juice with coconut water is especially good for hydrating before, during, and after exercising because it delivers potassium and only 140 calories per 12 oz bottle.  POM Mango and POM Hula are perfect on their own or as cocktail or “mocktail” mixers for all your summer parties.  This POM Princess is one of my favorites – it combines POM Hula, lemonade, and sparkling water for an amazingly refreshing drink.  Get POM blends in a 12 oz bottle perfect for on-the-go hydration or family friendly 48 oz packaging.

POM blends

What are your favorite healthy summer foods?

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or send a tweet to @ScritchfieldRD to share your favorite tips for flavorful and healthy summer cookouts.

Disclaimer: I was compensated by Sunkist, McCormick, Wonderful Pistachio, The Real Deal Natural Snacks and POM wonderful to do the tv segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

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