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Better BBQ fare + WFMY “Good Morning Show”

Scorching days means more grilling. Yesterday, I shared some simple tips and recipes on WFMY’s “Good Morning Show” that turn standard BBQ fare into healthy taste sensations.

Typical cookout foods–think hamburgers, hot dogs and mayonnaise-laden salads–tend to be high in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Shave calories and boost protein and other nutrients with these simple recipes and twists:

Grilled Salmon & Avocado Tacos

  • By subbing out meat and poultry with fish like salmon, you can keep the protein while shaving off calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. Plus, salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids DHA + EPA, which are important for heart and brain health throughout all life stages.
  • Avocados are rich in other unsaturated fats and also provide a healthy dose of dietary fiber, potassium and folic acid.
  • Grilling avocado imparts a smoky flavor, so you can amp up the taste without added fat or sodium.


Best Broccoli Slaw

  • One cup of traditional coleslaw can run you close to 300 calories. This slaw shaves off about 100 calories and boasts more protein, thanks to a dose of Greek yogurt.
  • Bulking up veggies–like broccoli and red bell pepper–boost the nutrient content, especially nutrients like vitamin C (important for immune function and skin health) and dietary fiber (good for a healthy gut).
  • This slaw makes a perfect side dish or as a .



Mediterranean Macaroni Salad

  • Use whole wheat macaroni instead of white pasta to up the dietary fiber content.
  • Bulking up on veggies–like red bell pepper, celery and cucumber–in your macaroni salad boosts antioxidant power.
  • Power up the protein in your macaroni salad by adding canned or pouched tuna and Feta cheese to your macaroni salad.




Fresh Fruit Sno-Cones

  • These fruit snow cones contain only fruit, sugar and water, so you can serve your kids dessert they feel good about!
  • Want an adult twist on the snow cone? Add your favorite liquor to the fruit-sugar mix before adding to the shaved ice.





PLEASE SHARE: What your favorite healthy BBQ dishes? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!

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