6 Healthy Ideas for Your Labor Day Barbecue

If you are planning a Labor Day barbecue for your family, and also trying to eat healthy, you may be having trouble planning the menu. Barbecues are dominated by burgers, hot dogs and chips, which are generally not considered the healthiest foods in the world. Not to worry- you can have a healthy barbecue with food your guests will love. Here are six ideas for your healthy Labor Day barbecue.

  1. Build a better burger. Try getting the leanest ground beef possible. Look for beef that is 90-95 percent lean and 5-10 percent fat. Lean meat is healthier than fatty cuts. You could also try making turkey or chicken burgers. Both of these meats tend to be leaner than beef. Add low-fat cheese and whole grain buns or opt for a lettuce wrap for burgers that will please the crowd and your body.
  2. Grilled vegetables. Onions, tomatoes and bell peppers all taste great on the grill. Make vegetable shish kebabs, or cook them up in a grill pan for a better, healthier barbecue side dish.
  3. Baked chips. Instead of regular, fried potato chips, check to see if your grocery store carries baked potato chips. Baked chips have all of the flavor a regular potato chip, but way less fat and fewer calories.
  4. Grilled chicken. Take some chicken cutlets and marinate them overnight in a marinade of your choice. Toss them on the grill, then put them on a whole grain bun. Chicken is loaded with protein and is low in fat. It also makes for a great sandwich.
  5. Healthier condiments. Mustard is already a fairly healthy condiment, but you can find healthy versions of other condiments too. Try to find ketchup with low or no sugar or corn syrup. Instead of mayonnaise, try putting out guacamole, which has healthier fats in it than mayo.
  6. Alcohol-free cocktails. Whether it’s flavored water, or alcohol free cocktails, you can make delicious drinks that don’t have alcohol in them. Alcohol is generally pretty unhealthy so try providing barbeque goers with healthy alternatives.

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