Upgrading Your Summer BBQ

Imagine my delight when we were welcomed with a beautiful spread of delicious salads (mixed greens, potato, and fruit), fresh olives and hummus, organic sausages, and a large pitcher of filtered water filled with fresh berries, mint, and a hint of lemon.

Though there was also the usual fare of burgers and buns, missing was the tired bins of gloppy potato salad and coleslaw that contain more mayo than veggies, endless bowls of potato chips and/or Doritos, or liters of soda. How refreshing!

With a few simple tweaks, you too can turn your next BBQ into something guru-friendly by using some of the following tips.  Even just replacing ONE dish with an upgraded version is a great way to get started! As we always say, one step at a time . . .

And what about when you are going to a BBQ?  If you are not sure whether the fare will be healthy or not, we always suggest offering to bring a dish that you know is safe to eat . . . just in case.

Try to let go of the mindset that a BBQ is all about the meat.  Keep in mind you want to have the veggie dishes flowing. They should never take a back seat to animal protein, so let them SHINE!

Appetizers: Put out some fresh olives from your supermarket olive bar, a bowl of fresh hummus (store bought or homemade), cut up array of colorful veggies, guacamole or cashew dip.

Potato salad: Instead of piling on the mayo, use either an olive oil/mustard base (4 Tbs oil to 2 Tbs mustard) to adorn your tots, or use ripe avocado for a creamy addition

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