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Tips for Hosting a Healthier Father’s Day Barbeque


If summer is the season of barbeques, Father’s Day may be considered the unofficial kickoff date. Traditional BBQ and picnic fare can be laden with refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, drenched in mayonnaise and sugar, and dull in color (beige macaroni salad, we mean you!). Step up your BBQ game and serve your guests delicious (while still nutritious) and colorful outdoor meal. Whether you’re gearing up to host a Father’s Day bash on June 18th or simply preparing for weekend barbeques to come, here are a few tips for grilling up a healthier summertime meal.


Instead of potato chips and ranch dip…


Start your meal with a nutritious crunch. Serve colorful raw vegetables like sliced bell peppers, carrot sticks, celery and cucumbers alongside a flavorful and wholesome dip such as hummus, salsa, or guacamole. Our Spinach-Avocado Hummus is a tasty blend of spinach, avocado and cauliflower and an absolute crowd-pleaser. Can’t forgo the chips? Make some crunchy kale or plantain chips instead.


Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs…


Treat your guests to a healthier, more exciting main dish. Grill fish like salmon or tuna, both of which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, and top with fresh herbs and lemon. Meaty vegetables like Portobello mushrooms and eggplant hold up well on the grill and act as easy-to-prep veggie burgers to serve on whole grain rolls. Wow your guests with our Grilled Vegetable Stacks with Pineapple Chimichurri made with Portobellos, asparagus, zucchini and more.


Instead of traditional macaroni salad…


Make vegetables the stars of your side dishes and you’ll not only pump up the nutrient content of the meal, you will liven up the buffet line with eye-popping color. Check out our Vegan Macaroni Salad or try a fresh take on coleslaw with our Mango Sriracha Slaw, or even grill sweet potato wedges in place of the traditional potato salad. For a truly unique spin on green salad, try our Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Glazed Strawberries.


Instead of ice cream sundaes…


Serve a naturally sweet treat, such as our Grilled Banana-Berry S’mores. Grilling bananas evokes a sweet depth of caramelized flavor, and the contrast between warm bananas and cool berries and chocolate chips is reminiscent of the most decadent hot fudge sundae—without the extra calories and fat. Grilled pineapple, peaches, nectarines and strawberries are also crowd-pleasing options. Simply garnish with basil and mint and voilà – dessert is served!


Published June 1, 2023

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