It’s time to fire up your grill and get ready to make everyone’s favorite cookout food: burgers. Although burgers have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and high in calories, it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these tips to help build better-for-you burgers all summer long! Read more
If warmer temps aren’t reason enough to toss some ice cubes in with your tea bag, then perhaps National Iced Tea Day is. With so many interesting and exotic leaves available from the far reaches of the globe, today’s iced teas bring health benefits that have been relied on for centuries. Here are four good-for-you varieties to try in honor of National Iced Tea Day. Even tea, however, should be enjoyed in moderation! Read more
Are you drenching your summertime favorites in this picnic staple? Find out whether bottled barbecue sauce is a good option for your cookout or a sure-fire way to sabotage your diet. Read more
Do you love to cook but hate to clean? Then summer is your season. One of the many perks to grilling is the minimal cleanup it involves. Sure, you might whip up a marinade in the kitchen and have to rinse a bowl, but grilling rarely involves scrubbing multiple pots and pans. For even less of a mess, grab a roll of aluminum foil and grill — and even serve! — your meal in foil packs.
Check out these unexpected dishes to grill in foil and witness how versatile this cooking method can be. It’s not just for small vegetables and delicate fish anymore — we’re talking spaghetti, French toast and meatloaf. These genius foil packs will work for your next camping expedition, quick weeknight dinner or backyard barbecue, and low calorie counts are just another bonus. Read more
Summer brings warmer temperatures, hungry kids and a lot of outdoor grilling. To get more flavor from our favorite chicken dishes, we often slather on syrupy barbecue sauces. Sure, they are tangy and delicious, but they often contain added sugar. One way to avoid all of those empty calories is to grill with Cajun seasoning and apple cider vinegar — you’ll get the balance your taste buds crave. Read more
Food marketers know that certain nutrition “buzzwords,” such as natural, organic, gluten-free and vegan, are perceived by consumers to be healthier. Don’t fall for that trap, often referred to as the “halo effect.” Just because a food is vegan doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthier for you than its counterpart that contains dairy, egg or meat. Here are five potential offenders. Read more
Who says chicken salad has to be unhealthy? With some smart swaps, this summer staple can be just as tasty as mayo-laden versions. Whip up one of these crowd-pleasing recipes — just in time for your next cookout! Read more
Now in Season
This month brings us not only the official beginning of summer (on June 21), but also all of those wonderful summer fruits and vegetables to add to our healthy diets. Look for sweet strawberries, thick asparagus spears, fresh peas, juicy peaches, earthy summer beats, and green garlic and spring garlic to appear at your local farmers market or CSA. “It is brilliant whole grilled and on pizza, or mince it and use it as you would garlic cloves or leeks, where it will impart a slightly milder, rounder flavor,” cookbook author and food blogger Tara O’Brady told Time. Read more
If you think you aren’t getting enough protein, you’re not alone. It’s a popular misconception that Americans don’t eat enough grams of protein each day — but some are actually eating too much. The trick to optimal protein munching is getting just enough in and spreading it out throughout the day. Read more
For me, chicken can feel like an uninspired fallback at a summer party, depending on the seasonings (or lack thereof) and the method of preparation. Perhaps I’ve been put off by one too many cookouts where the main event consisted of dried-out white meat and the only logical choice was to double up on pasta salad and dessert. But truth be told, chicken — when done right — is a remarkably juicy canvas for conveying endless flavor combinations. With a little imagination (and a tasty rub or glaze), you can capture the attention of everyone at your summer party, starting with these healthy takes on the common bird. I, for one, am ready to give chicken a second look.