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June 17, 2017 by
BBQ and grilling season is upon us, and it’s always a delicious time of the year! However, all of those hamburgers, hot dogs, and other yummy meals can do some damage to your waistline.

And especially in the bikini and bathing suit donning months, we know that you want to keep your figure. That means your nutrition and fitness regimes need to stay on point – but who says you can’t indulge?

Keep reading to learn how to make summer favorites healthier so that you can enjoy without the guilt!

Ditch the bun

Many grilled recipes are for foods that are typically eaten with a bun. That can cause an increase in your carb intake that isn’t always ideal for your diet. This tomato bun slider recipe is a great alternative.

Still enjoy the burger without having to include the bun. Another great option is this pineapple bun burger recipe. It also cuts out carbs, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on taste!

Fishy business

Most fish dishes are loaded with vitamins and protein, making them a great option for a healthy summer meal. Grilling fish makes for a flavorful meal that you’ll love. Try this sriracha drenches salmon recipe or these yummy halibut soft tacos. They’re easy to make and full of flavor.

Add veggies

Grilling vegetables gives them great texture and flavor, and adding them to any meal is a great way to add some more nutrition to your meal. Remember that you should be getting 7 to 8 servings of veggies each day, so this is an effective way to bulk up that number.

Try these veggie-filled foil packs or these cauliflower skewers. Both are something different and healthy that your body will thank you for!

Include a salad

Having a side salad with your summer meal is another easy way to ensure that you’re not overdoing it on the food front. Luckily, there are tons of great summer salad recipes out there – from this green bean pasta salad to this cucumber salad enhanced with herbs. All are full of bursts of flavor and will help you get the nutrients you need to keep your diet perfectly balanced.

Make your own sauce

Adding flavor and minimal calories is the perfect way to make your grilled meals more exciting and delicious without making them unhealthy. Chimichurri sauce is a wonderful complement to grilled steak or this tangy tomato sauce is the perfect match with grilled shrimp.

Don’t forget dessert!

Have you ever thought of grilling something up for dessert? We found a healthy alternative in these grilled balsamic peaches. Compliment them perfectly with frozen yogurt and you’ll have a delicious sweet treat all while getting a serving of fruit in!

As you can see, making your summer grilling recipes more healthy doesn’t come at the cost of flavor. Feel free to indulge without your waistline paying the price by following these simple and delicious recipes.

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