Turn up the Heat: Healthy Summer BBQ Menu

The grill is calling out, and he should be, because May is National Barbecue Month! He's been neglected all through the winter, and now he's antsy to get the fire started, as is your hubby. But before hubby grabs the spatula and heads for the backyard, it's good to have a menu thrown together. Whether you're having friends over or just relaxing on the back porch, a grillout is always a fun way to end the day. You're ready to spruce up the barbecue with some unusual foods and fruity drinks, but check this menu out the next time the grill is calling your name!

Cucumber, Avocado and Feta Salad: This refreshing salad is sure make an impression, with the cool crunch of cucumber combined with tangy feta and creamy avocado. Start the barbecue off light with a recipe that is anything but boring for your tastebuds. Give your attendees a dose of crunch with a side of creamy with this summer salad!

(Photo: cucumber avocado salad Photo Credit: "Two Peas and Their Pod")

Apple Carrot Sangria: Sangria is perfect for summer parties because you can add as much fruit as you want; the more the merrier! Sangria, traditionally made with wine and vodka, is mixed up in this recipe by using apple and carrot juice! Feel free to modify this one with different fruit juices, such as pineapple or mango, to freshen up your party however you please!

(Photo: sangria Photo Credit: Nosh and Nourish)

Skinny Bleu Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Burgers: Bleu cheese and buffalo? Oh, where could you go wrong? With only 346 calories per burger, you're kicking things up a notch with the second course. This recipe is pleasing for all burger lovers, and adding a skinny coleslaw on top will lessen the heat of the buffalo sauce.

buffalo burger

Chipotle Corn on the Cob: Your local farmers' market probably has enough sweet corn to feed an army, and with this recipe you might attract enough people to do just that. Although regular grilled corn is a crowd pleaser, this recipe keeps with the theme of cream. And you can simply put the sauce in a side bowl to let your partygoers make the ultimate side dish decision. Click here for the recipe!

corn on the cob

Skinny Piña Colada Cupcakes: End your backyard barbecue just as you started it: on a light and refreshing note. With only 193 calories per cupcake, you could probably have a real piña colada on the side with no guilt at all! These cupcakes are adorable and fun to make, but even more fun to eat!

cupcakes

But don't limit yourself or your taste buds! Switch things up a bit. Make sure to check out the wide array of barbecue recipes from Skinny Mom here!