Guest Post: Healthy Summer Bbqs and Low-Calorie Cocktails

Thursday, June 24, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Today, I am pleased to welcome Mary Hartley, RD, MPH, Director of Nutrition at Calorie Count. Mary has graciously agreed to share some healthy recipes and tips, just in time for barbeque season!

Ho-hum.  Burgers, dogs, and steaks, with their load of calories and saturated fat.  Let’s take summer to a new, healthy level by grilling and drinking in a different way.  Fewer than 40 percent of Americans eating three to four more servings of produce a day (when they need five to nine).  For health’s sake, they need to sneak those fresh fruits and vegetables onto the grill and into the summer cocktails.

Crisp tender grilled vegetables are simply tastier, and distinctive …those grill marks scream summer.  They’re part of the d├ęcor. And who can refuse an icy fruity drink straight from the blender?  This is so not winter! 

The featured recipes, all contributed by Calorie Count Members to our humongous recipe database, are fun to cook and eat and, most important, they are low calorie and highly nutritious.  Notice that Calorie Count supplies a Nutrition Facts label for one serving of the recipe.  Use Calorie Count, to analyze your recipes, create an online cookbook, and share your recipes on Facebook with your friends.  Several of these recipes are included on Calorie Count’s new (free) iPhone App.  Calorie Count also gives a ‘Nutrition Grade’  to recipes, and many of these recipes rate an ‘A’.  Okay, cocktails never get an ‘A’ because alcohol has empty calories. But these recipes are all good for you and so fire up the grill and let the summer begin.

Grilled Recipes:

Cocktail Recipes:
Warning:  The yummy fruit hides the alcohol, but it’s there.  Drink s l o w l y.

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  1. Pricilla said...

    I love grilled I just have to get the grill

  2. ♥mily said...

    that all sounds really good!

  3. lilyk said...

    These recipes look very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

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