Make your BBQ Healthy This Summer!

Isn’t summer the most tempting season to indulge in barbecue fare?! Don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. Here are some healthy BBQ tips for you and your family!

1. Bring your own healthy, delicious dish to a barbecue gathering. If you’re gluten intolerant, you’ll be guaranteed a safe gluten free dish to eat and will be saved from the calories of other unhealthy options.

2. Say “no thank you” to potato salad! Potato salad is the most common culprit for food borne illness at summer gatherings. The ingredients commonly used in potato salad are extremely susceptible to bacterial growth, especially when left out for countless hours. Saying no to potato salad is a win-win!

3. Skip the ribs and hamburgers! There are still plenty of healthy options to grill. Try turkey burgers, chicken breasts, fish and grilled vegetable kabobs (my favorite!) with zucchini, mushrooms, squash, bell pepper and onions.

4. Be conscious of the sauces you are adding. Sauces are generally laden with calories and sugar, not to mention unnecessary ingredients and preservatives! Instead, try olive oil and fresh herbs for marinades.

I wish you all a wonderful summer! Need recipe ideas or other nutrition advice? Please e-mail me at

Valerie Douglass, DTR
Mary’s Gone Crackers

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