Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Healthier Cookout Salads

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As the weather warms up, many people are beginning to dust off their grills and are getting ready for outdoor eating.  It can be difficult to find healthy options when typical cookout fare includes hamburgers and hot dogs.  This summer, swap heavy, traditional sides in favor of these lightened up suggestions from Bon’App!  

Instead of macaroni salad… go with a quinoa salad

Macaroni salad is loaded with fat-filled mayonnaise.  One cup of the salad contains 358 Calories, 925 mg of Salt and 3 g of Bad Fat.  A great alternative is quinoa salad.  Quinoa is a whole grain and complete protein, containing all essential amino acids.  It can be paired with many different vegetables and spices, making it an extremely versatile grain.

Macaroni Salad (1 cup)
Instead of traditional Cole Slaw… prepare a Vegetable Salad

While there are many different ways to prepare Cole Slaw, nearly all of them include added sugar and mayonnaise.  Just a cup of this cabbage mix is packed with 376 Calories, 4 g of Bad Fat, and 34 g of Sugar!  A healthier option is a vegetables salad.  Grill up veggies like corn, zucchini, squash, and asparagus, and then chop and toss with a little dressing. VoilĂ ! 

Cole Slaw (1 cup)

Instead of heavy potato salad…
try a lightened up version of potato salad

Potato salad is a classic cookout side, but it isn’t usually the healthiest option.  To cut down on Calories and Bad Fat, try a lighter version that uses nonfat yogurt instead of mayonnaise.  One serving of this recipe has 167 Calories, 4g of Fiber, and 7g of Protein.

Lighter Potato Salad (1 serving)


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