Enjoying a Healthy BBQ or Cook Out

How to Enjoy a BBQ Without Giving up on Healthy Eating

If you’ve ever gone to a cook out or BBQ and felt like there is nothing healthy to eat, read this. I found that making wise choices ahead of time will help you avoid making bad food choices. Here are a few tips to make your cookout or BBQ fun and enjoyable…and healthy.

  • Bring Your Own Food -If you’re going to a BBQ or cookout, ask if you can bring a side dish. There are many great and tasty side dishes to bring that are low-cal and not full of fat. A veggie platter with a lite dip is a wonderful choice. Fruit salad is a healthy side dish and is refreshing on a hot day. A tossed salad with a lite dressing is always a hit. Bringing extra food is almost always welcome at a BBQ. A sliced watermelon will be a favorite for all ages.
  • What to Grill – There are alternatives to traditional BBQ foods to grill. Instead of a full-fat hot dog, try a lower fat or turkey dog. You can buy hamburger with lower fat content or use ground chicken to make a delicious burger. Hot dog and hamburger rolls come in whole wheat or reduced calorie. My family has really gotten into grilling veggies. Some of our favorites are large mushrooms, summer squash, zucchini, and asparagus. Just brush the veggies with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill them on the top level and be careful not to burn them.
  • Stay Away From.. – Greasy chips, salads loaded with mayo, the desert table…unless it is fruit or low cal.


  1. Here’s a tip for salmon lovers.
    Place the salmon on any rack to dry the salmon, let sit for 30 minutes, and prepare the smoker.
    It is ready to cook when a dry coating forms on the outside of the salmon pieces.
    Smoke and enjoy!