Superfood Barbecue

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We love superfoods here at Be Beautiful Online and think they’re a great way of making sure you get all of the nutrients and vitamins you need.

You may have seen our A-Z of Superfoods from May last year which told you about the benefits of a number of superfoods and maybe you wanted to give them a try but struggled to incorporate them into your everyday diet?

Well, we have compiled a list of barbecue recipes and ideas for all of those yummy superfoods! Keep on reading to find out how you can have the most nutritious barbecue of the year…

Healthy BBQ

Things To Throw on the Barbecue

Courgette Chips

Burgers can seem even more tempting with a side of chips but sometimes chips aren’t worth the guilt you feel, as you know they’re full of fat and don’t present many health benefits. How about switching the fried potatoes for grilled courgettes instead? This way you can enjoy the chips without the guilt. They’re easy to prepare and can just be thrown on the barbecue a couple of minutes before serving. Read the full recipe.

Grilled Yams

So you’ve had a baked potato before, right? And maybe you’ve had a baked sweet potato but have you ever considered grilling them instead of baking? How about a yam? Yams are from the same family as sweet potatoes and can make a tasty alternative to a plain old white potato.

To cook them on the barbecue, you simply need to wrap them in tin foil and then place them onto the grill for about 30 minutes, it’s as easy as that! When they feel slightly soft, they’re ready.

banana

Bananas and Chocolate

This combination makes for a delicious warm pudding when it’s starting to get a little cooler outside towards the end of the evening.

They’re super simple to prepare, with only two ingredients: banana and dark chocolate - and they can be prepared in advance. You might be surprised to know that in this recipe, it’s the chocolate that’s the superfood!

Here’s how to prepare them.

  • Slice each banana in half lengthways but don't let it completely split in half.
  • Place a few pieces of dark chocolate in the gap you have created in the banana. 
  • Wrap each banana in foil.
  • Place on BBQ for around 5 minutes to heat the bananas allowing the chocolate to melt. 
  • If you want to serve them with something, try creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt.

 

Super Sides and Dips

These take a little prepping in advance but will make up a buffet that will fill people up so you don’t have to spend all your time at the barbeque instead of socialising.

Making your own dips and sauces also means you’re not filling yourself with chemicals and sugar, which will instantly reduce your calorie intake.

Homemade Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise goes well with salads and burgers, and this recipe is also very quick to make. It also contains the superfood egg which is full of antioxidants and nutrients. Read the full recipe.

Homemade Guacamole

This spicy guacamole recipe incorporates 3 superfoods - avocado, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers - and is not filled with cream or preservatives like shop bought tubs often are.

It can be served with vegetable crudites or potato chips as something for guests to nibble on before the rest of the food is served. Read the full recipe.

Guacamole

Quinoa Salad

Often people opt for pasta salads at barbeques, but this Greek themed alternative, using the superfood Quinoa, is packed with flavour and isn’t smothered in mayonnaise like a pasta salad can be.

Out of all the recipes in this post, this is probably the most time consuming to make but it is full of nutrition that definitely makes it worth the time and effort. Read the full recipe.

Lettuce

You could serve lettuce in a salad or in the burger buns when the burgers are served up. It is one of the easiest ingredients on this list to use at your barbeque.

Iceberg lettuce is cheap and easy to get hold of but if you really want to get your nutrients, use kale, arugula or even romaine lettuce.

 

Sweet Additions to your BBQ

Some of your guests may not be content with just savoury food, but don’t worry because superfoods can make great desserts as well.


fruit salad

Fruit Salad

You could make a fruit salad to incorporate more superfoods like blueberries, kiwi fruits and raspberries but don’t limit yourself just to those three.

Try adding in strawberries, apples, peaches or anything else in your fruit bowl.

Why not blend in a food processor with some milk and ice cream to make colourful fruit shakes - perfect for kids who refuse to eat their 5-a-day!

Ice Lollies

These ice lollies should be made the day before and left to freeze overnight. They contain just two ingredients, which also happen to be superfoods: pomegranate juice and watermelon.

Simply cut the watermelon flesh into small chunks and mix in a jug with your pomegranate juice and perhaps a little water if you think just pure juice will be a little overpowering.

Next, divide the mix between your ice pop moulds and leave them in the freezer overnight.


sugar free flapjack

Sugar-Free Flapjacks

This recipe uses the superfood oats whilst also omitting sugar and a lot of the butter that is usually in a flapjack and substituting it with fruit.

This means you can enjoy a couple of them without feeling super guilty about it. They do take an hour to cook though so they should probably be made first thing or perhaps even the day before. Read the full recipe.

So, hopefully you’ll be able to find some ways to make your barbeques healthier this summer. Can you think of any great superfood barbeque recipes that we have missed? If so, let us know about your favourite barbeque recipes on our Facebook or Twitter.

 

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