How to Build a Nutrient Dense BBQ

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Summer is a time for stone fruit everything, evening dips in the pool, longer days, and BBQs! BBQs are actually one of our favorite ways to eat simply + healthy without all the clean up :) So let's dive into how to create the perfect summer BBQ for mom, dad, guests and kiddos!

1. Create a 'Build Your Own Burger Bowl Bar'.

• Instead of making burgers for people let them have fun picking out there own toppings. This way your guests can be creative with their choices, and they usually end up eating more veggies.

• Ditch the processed carbohydrates and give the option of a toasted Food For Life Ezekiel sprouted buns or offer bowls so guest can make a burger bowl and say goodbye to the bun all together (we find burger bowls are much easier to eat then lettuce wrapped burgers). Arugula is our favorite green for a the base of a burger bowl because it holds up well with the other toppings.

• With burger bowls your bowl can literally be overflowing with veggies so make sure to include a variety of vegetables including more then just the standard tomatoes, avocados and onions. Mix it up with micro greens, saurkraut, pickled red onions + cucumbers, and sprouts.

2. Make sweet potato boats on the grill instead of fries!

• Sweet potatoes are abundant in antioxidants, beta carotene, and vitamin C.

• When grilling sweet potatoes you will want to partially cook by boiling before for about 10 minutes, the potatoes will take about 7-8 minutes on the grill thereafter. Before grilling, cut into wedges and make sure they are well coated with coconut oil and high quality salt.

3. Stick to fruit for dessert and grill it!

• Fresh peaches are in season and they are perfect on the grill.

• Cut in half and remove the pit. Then lightly paint on coconut oil (you can do this with a paper towel). Grill cut side down on medium heat for 4-5 min. Should have grill marks and be hot + juicy when done.

• Drizzle with honey and serve with homemade whipped cream. Choose full fat cream or coconut cream if you can't do dairy, and lightly sweeten with maple syrup.

4. Swap out the sugary drinks and make a yummy hibiscus iced tea.

• Its a beautiful red color and you can play it up by adding fresh mint and lemon slices to the pitcher.

• If you like it sweet we recommend adding stevia for a natural sugar free alternative.

5. Choose your condiments wisely.

• Condiments can make what would have been a perfectly healthy meal unhealthy as they are often loaded with highly processed oils and cane syrup.

• Look for condiments that stick with oils like olive oil, avocado oil and sunflower oil (not our favorite oil but much better then canola!).

• When in doubt go with Primal Kitchen for all your condiment needs. They use avocado oil as the base in there dressings and marinades, there is never any added sugar, and the condiments are made with real food ingredients like eggs, quality spices, coconut aminos, and apple cider vinegar.

Let us know your best tips for BBQing (friends share with friends!) and post a pic on instagram with #happyhealthyeats of your next burger bowl.

Xo Dani and Whitney