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Grill This.. NOT That! on Independence Day


There’s nothing that says a Fourth of July celebration than grilling and barbecuing: from burgers to ribs to corn on the Cobb, these mouth-watering dishes make you want to toss good food judgment aside.

Thankfully, you don’t have to. It is possible to enjoy the smoke-filled taste from the grill with foods that are low in fat and high on vitamins and minerals. Below, five foods we suggest that you toss on the grill this Independence Day.

#1. Grill this: Fruit Kebabs

Take about four or five of your favorite fruit, slice them into chunks, put on a skewer and grill on both sides for no more than three minutes. Eat when they’re done, or put into a bowl and top with vanilla yogurt for a delightful dessert.

#2. Grill this: Salmon Burgers

We know the temptation to eat a juicy cheeseburger is high. But you can fulfill that craving with a satisfying salmon burger instead. Simply season ground salmon the way you would ground meat, and grill.  Serve with melted cheese or eat it without a bun to cut down on carbs. You’ll not only delight in the taste of it, but you’ll load up on Omega-3 and won’t blow your waistline.

#3. Grill this: Pepper Salad

Load up a fish dish with a healthy side of grilled bell peppers (or jalapenos). After grilling, toss in some briny olives, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette for a tasty treat.

#4. Grill this: Portobello Mushroom Sliders

Who doesn’t love sliders? They give you the illusion that you’re eating less. So now here’s your chance to enjoy a vegan version using Portobello mushrooms wrapped up with  grilled zucchini, squash, and eggplant. Serve with oven-fried yucca and a green salad.

#5: Grill this: Sweet Corn

A staple in most Latin homes, grilled corn laced with lime juice and cheese tops the list of any outdoor celebration. Buy organic sweet corn so you don’t grill pesticides, and add use organic cheeses as well, or low-fat versions of organic queso.

Provided by our friends at VidaVibrante

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  • July 15, 2013

    I love the grill! I love grilling! Great way to seal in flavor, juices, etc. Super healthy. Even if you don’t have an actual grill, buy a grill pan. They are not expensive and will do the trick in a pinch. Best part is you can use in your kitchen, year-round.

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