When you’re planning, or attending, your next cookout, try swapping out some of your favorites for healthier versions by following these 3 simple tips:
- If you enjoy snacking on chips and dip, try veggie dippers instead with yogurt dip or hummus. There are plenty of delicious flavors available, if the plain kind doesn’t excite you. And pepper strips, broccoli bites or cucumber slices can give you that crunch you’re looking for.
- Traditional coleslaw is a staple side dish at many cookouts, but it can be high in fat. Jicama salad can be a great alternative. Jicama, a root vegetable with a sweet flavor, can be mixed with plain, low-fat yogurt for a lighter version of old-fashioned coleslaw.
- Who doesn’t love a hearty, flavorful pasta salad? The meat and cheese often adds a lot of saturated fat though. Lighten it up by making a vegetarian version that includes grilled veggies which are packed with nutrients and fiber!