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10 Ways to Bring Grilled Fruit and Veggies to Your Summer Barbecue
Amy Gorin Nutrition
Honey Lime Grilled Corn Salad
I created this recipe when my CSA box was overflowing with corn—a veggie that's a great source of fiber, with up to 27 percent of a woman's daily need in just half a cup. Cherry tomatoes add the antioxidant lycopene to the mix, and I find the fresh squeeze of lime juice so satisfying.
Get the recipe: Honey Lime Grilled Corn Salad
Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D.
Cherry Shortcake Skewers
"Simple and fun, these grilled cherry shortcake skewers highlight sweet and nutritious summer cherries for a light and festive dessert," says Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., culinary nutritionist at Holley Grainger Nutrition. "My family has a huge sweet tooth, so any time I can work fresh fruit (or even vegetables) into dessert, I do what I can."
Get the recipe: Cherry Shortcake Skewers
Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N.
Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Corn and Black Bean Salsa
"Avocados are a nutrient-rich fruit (yes, they are a fruit!) and an especially good source of healthy fats," says Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., culinary nutritionist and founder of Nutritioulicious. "The corn-and-black-bean salsa adds some more protein and fiber to make these stuffed avocados even more filling."
Get the recipe: Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Corn and Black Bean Salsa
Grilled Peach Salad
"We love this sweet and savory salad! It hits the spot with a boost of fiber and protein, and is a delicious vitamin-C-rich accompaniment to any meal," say Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D.N., C.F.T., and Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., C.F.T., owners of NutritionTwins.com and coauthors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. "The crunchy almonds and sunflower seeds provide a satisfying crunch, while their heart-healthy fat acts as a nutrient booster, helping to absorb the beta-carotene in the peaches."
Get the recipe: Grilled Peach Salad
Grilled Pineapple with Honey and Frozen Yogurt
"As a mom of two (and soon to be three!), I look forward to any and all excuses to mix things up when it comes to family meals," says Jessica Corwin, M.P.H., R.D.N., dietitian for GoodFoodForKids.org. "We aim to grill at least once each week. Thankfully, this recipe for simple grilled pineapple with frozen Greek yogurt is not only fast and easy, it also aims to please and includes antioxidants, fiber, and protein."
Get the recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Honey and Frozen Yogurt
Triad to Wellness
Grilled Veggie Nourish Bowl
"Nourish your body with one bowl!" says Tracee Yablon Brenner, R.D.N., C.H.H.C., nutrition director at Triad to Wellness. "Filled with nutrient-rich grilled vegetables, beans, seeds, and whole grains, this Nourish Bowl has 18 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber. The recipe makes a great addition to your weeknight menu, and it's perfect for a Meatless Monday meal!"
Get the recipe: Grilled Veggie Nourish Bowl
Abbey Sharp, R.D.
Healthy Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Honey Chili Peach
"These delicious grilled shrimp kabobs are kissed with a sweet and tangy honey-lime glaze and complemented by ripe peaches that get deliciously caramelized on the grill," says Abbey Sharp, R.D., owner of Abbey's Kitchen. "Finish them off with a salty bite from some feta cheese and you've got an addictive yet guilt-free grilled meal."
Get the recipe: Healthy Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Honey Chili Peach
Emily Cope-Kyle, M.S., R.D.N.
Rainbow Grilled Veggie Kabobs
"This recipe is so healthy because it features seven vegetables," says Emily Cope-Kyle, M.S., R.D.N., owner and consulting dietitian at EmilyKyleNutrition.com. "Variety in the diet is the key to good health, and this recipe helps you get in a variety of different vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and vitamin C. When you bring these tasty treats to a party, you ensure that there is a healthy option for you and the whole family to enjoy!"
Get the recipe: Rainbow Grilled Veggie Kabobs
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Lamb Kebobs with Mint-Yogurt Sauce
"Lamb is a tasty meat, but keeping portions under control is essential—so alternating cubes of meat with vegetables helps keep portions in check, plus it adds another food group into your meal," says Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen. "The sauce is made with a combo of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and delicious herbs and spices, which helps keep calories under control."
Get the recipe: Lamb Kebobs with Mint-Yogurt Sauce
Mandy Enright, M.S., R.D.N., R.Y.T.
Grilled Tropical Salsa
"This tropical salsa recipe adds sweetness, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to any meal—whether you enjoy it on its own or as a topping for grilled meats and fish," says Mandy Enright, M.S., R.D.N., R.Y.T., creator of Nutrition Nuptials. "Plus, it's a great way to sneak in extra servings of fruit."
Get the recipe: Grilled Tropical Salsa
Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N., is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition. She counsels private clients in Jersey City, NJ, New York City, and long distance. She's also a motivational speaker and journalist. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.