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5 Delicious and Healthy Grilling Ideas For Summer

There’s nothing like grilling out on a warm summer night and gather with family and friends over a delicious meal! And the best part is, there are plenty of healthy grilling recipes out there so you can continue working on your health and wellness goals, all while enjoying the foods you love.

Healthy Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer

In today’s post, we’re going to share five of our favorite healthy grilling recipes that are designed to pair with your favorite proteins such as grilled chicken or beef.. Don’t leave once you’ve read through those recipes: we’re also sharing a summer drink recipe you won’t want to miss! 

Best Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

Corn on the cob just screams summertime dining, and this recipe will help you grill your corn to perfection. Another thing we love about this recipe is that it includes several tips for choosing corn. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • Butter, for serving
  • Kosher salt

Click this link for the full recipe.

Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini is one of those versatile ingredients you’ll wonder how you ever lived without once you start including it in your arsenal of favorite foods! Did you know zucchini is also a great source of folate? 

For this healthy grilling recipe with zucchini, you’ll need:

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into thick strips
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 basil leaves, torn into medium pieces

Click here for the full recipe.

Veggie Kabobs

Not only are they delicious, but kabobs are just plain fun to eat! They’re an awesome way to combine several flavors and textures, while also getting in a hearty dose of veggies.

Here’s what you need for this veggie kabobs recipe:

  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1″ thick half-moons
  • 1 (10-oz.) package baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and halved
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 small lemons, cut into eighths 
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme, oregano, or rosemary
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

Click here for the full recipe.

Grilled Broccoli

Grilling broccoli brings out a unique texture and flavor in this classic vegetable. Not only can it make it appealing to even the pickiest eaters, but grilled broccoli also makes the perfect accompaniment to your summer BBQ main course.

For this spicy and sweet recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 lb. broccoli
  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Click here for the full recipe.

Best Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is another classic side dish that’s even better when it’s grilled! And we can’t think of healthy grilling recipes without including asparagus. Not only is asparagus a low calorie food, but it’s also one that’s nutrient-dense. It’s packed with vitamins like A, C, and K, as well as being high in fiber and folate. 

This is all you need to make it for yourself:

  • 2 lb. asparagus, stalks trimmed
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Click here for the full recipe.

Classic Whiskey Highball

As for that delicious summer drink recipe we’ve got for you, a few simple ingredients is all you need:

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whiskey (your choice)
  • 4 ounces low sugar or sugar-free  ginger soda
  • Lemon wedge
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)

Planning to try one of these healthy grilling recipes soon?

Report back and let us know how it was!