Planning a Delicious and Healthy Springtime Cookout

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After the cool of winter, it's a welcome sight to see the arrival of milder weather. And for grilling fans, that means it is time to dust off the grill and start enjoying cookouts again. So here are some tips and ideas for planning a delicious and healthy cookout this spring.

Wonderful Entrees

Although steak and hamburgers can be classic choices as main dishes, try something a bit different as your entree. You can consider making grilled chicken, turkey burgers or grilled salmon as satisfying options. Include plenty of fresh herbs as seasonings, and use simple additions like unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve burgers with slices of tomatoes and red onion. Leftover grilled chicken is great with salad for lunch the next day.

Seasonal Side Dishes

As side dishes, incorporate some seasonal fruits and vegetables, and consider shopping for them at local farmers' markets. Options can include fresh fruit salad, grilled vegetables like zucchini, squash and onions, fresh green beans, and asparagus. Add in some fresh green salads that include a variety of raw vegetables.

Healthy Desserts

Dessert really can be healthy and delicious at the same time. Dishes that include fresh fruits like berries are wonderful. Apple pie or crisp is yet another possibility. Or try making gluten-free carrot cake from scratch.

Refreshing Beverages

As beverages, serve fresh lemonade or sparkling water with lime slices. Or make punch that includes cranberry juice, apple juice and ginger ale.

Add your own creativity to your cookout by making your own personal favorite healthy recipes. Use as many organic foods in your cookout meals as you can. Invite family and friends to your cookout, and if you'd like to, ask each person to bring a special dish to add to the food fun. Eat your meal outside to take full advantage of the balmy weather and fresh air.

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