Summer is officially here, and that means that tons of people will be hitting the barbecue on a regular basis, and everyone that has been to a barbecue before knows that there are tons of unhealthy foods and drinks to indulge in. Do yourself a big favor this year and consider some healthy side dishes that you won't have to feel bad about later. Here are some great alternative side dishes that are sure to pack a ton of taste, spice up your barbecue, and leave you feeling great about the choices you made.
The grill is already likely going to be on and cooking up some great meats, but try out this recipe and add a ton of healthy foods to your barbecue. Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet and they pack a ton of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Simply cut the avocados in half and drizzle a bit of lime juice on each side, after you have removed the pits from the avocados. Throw them on the grill and leave them for about three minutes, and then take them off the grill. At this point you can add a pinch of salt and pepper and then fill the avocados with your favorite vegetables, or homemade salsa.
Sweet potatoes are another super food that is loaded with nutrients, and this is an amazing side dish that you can use at any barbecue. You're going to start out by washing your sweet potatoes and boiling them in a pot of water, just like you would do with some regular potatoes or sweet potatoes. Once they are fairly tender, take the sweet potatoes out and cut them into eight separate wedges, which you can do by cutting the sweet potatoes in half and repeating the process. Mix together two tablespoons salt, as well as two tablespoons of lime and a pinch of cayenne, and spread the mixture on the outsides of the sweet potatoes. You will add this amount to each potato you are making. Sprinkle some additional salt and pepper on the sweet potatoes and throw them on the grill for about a minute and a half on each side, and proceed to serve immediately.
Corn and sweet corn are both great options to use and are a classic item at most barbecues. This recipe takes a classic and adds some spice and kick to the corn. Mix together in a bow, a tablespoon of salt and pepper, two tablespoons of ground cumin, a few pinches of cayenne pepper, half a teaspoon of ground ginger, and a dash of cinnamon. Brush your corn with oil and add the mixture to the outside of the corn. Put the corn onto a sheet of foil and wrap the foil around the corn, sealing the corn inside and turn on the grill. Grill the corn for about ten minutes, and periodically turn the corn over to ensure that it cooks evenly. Let cool for a few minutes and serve.
Barbecues can be extremely fun, and often time's there is nothing better than kicking back in the shade on a hot day after a long week of work, grilling up some cuts of meat and having yourself a drink. However, a great deal barbecues are filled with unhealthy dishes that you should really do your best to avoid, or at least not fully indulge in. Spice things up at your next barbecue with some of these great side dishes that taste amazing and are very healthy for your body.