Healthy Barbecue Ideas: BBQ recipes, health tips, and fun activities

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Some healthy ideas for your next backyard grill…

Well, the weather gods may not have been kind to us this Spring, but nevertheless, Summer approaches, and as it does, so does BBQ season. Yep, it’ll soon be time to get grilling, so we thought we’d give you some great tips for your healthiest BBQ ever. And that doesn’t mean it won’t be tasty! We’ve got some fantastic BBQ recipes, health tips to cut down on excess calories, and fun BBQ activities that will allow you to burn some calories and have a blast at the same time.

Great BBQ Recipes

Here are some super-easy, fab BBQ recipes to try out at your next backyard barbecue! Let us know how you like them in the comment section below…

Margarita Grilled Chicken

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups bottled margarita mix

Put margarita mix and chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag, squeezing the air out. Refrigerate and let marinate for about five hours. Grill on lightly-oiled BBQ over medium-high heat for about 8 minutes per side, or until juices run clear.

Spicy Corn-on-the-Cob

  • 6 ears of corn, husked and cleaned
  • Spices: chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano
  • 1/2 cup butter

Mix spices in a bowl to taste. Add melted butter. Apply to corn. Wrap in aluminium foil like a burrito, twisting the ends to close. Place corn on grill with medium-high heat for about 20-30 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork, turning occasionally.

Grilled Avacado

  • 4 avacados, halved, pitted
  • 1/2 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp roasted garlic, finely-minced
  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Mix liquids and spices in a bowl, set aside. Place halved avacados green-side down on the grill (medium heat) for 2-3 minutes. Turn over so skin side is down. Fill pit with the sauce, and grill for 5-7 minutes. Serve with baguette slices and spoons.

BBQ Health Tips

One of the most famous BBQ ingredients is condiments, and plenty of them. But what’s in the condiments you’re consuming on your hot dog and hamburgers? Here’s some information from Web MD:

  • Worcestershire sauce: 2 tablespoons contain 30 calories, 0 grams fat, and 390 milligrams sodium
  • Chili sauce: 2 tablespoons contain 40 calories, 0 grams fat, and 960 milligrams sodium (depending on brand)
  • Tomato paste: 2 tablespoons contain 30 calories, 0 grams fat, and 20 milligrams sodium
  • Molasses: 2 tablespoons contain 120 calories, 0 grams fat, and 40 milligrams sodium
  • Soy sauce (less-sodium type): 2 tablespoons contain 20 calories, 0 grams fat, and 1150 milligrams sodium

Fun BBQ Activities

What’s a BBQ without a host of fun backyard games to go alongside the corn-on-the-cob? Here are some fun BBQ activities that will get your heart pumping, and help you burn off some of those calories you’re consuming:

  • Croquet: This fun activity is great to play with the whole family, and if you play for an hour, you’ll burn around 200 calories!
  • Bocce: Another classic BBQ game, bocce does require one to pick up somewhat heavy balls, which makes it a bit of an arm workout. One will burn slightly more than croquet playing bocce, but only about 250 calories total per hour.
  • Badminton: If you’ve got a net out back, get some badminton racquets and a birdie, and start swinging. Try to switch up your hitting arm to get an even arm workout. Badminton, if played at moderate intensity, can burn as much as 350 calories or more per hour.

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