Indulge Responsibly: Your Guide to Summer BBQ’s

By: Falon Sweeney

Sweating with us at The Handle Bar ensures that you’ll earn your BBQ this weekend. And the next. And the one after that. Cause that’s what summer is all about, right?

Spin, grill, tan. Repeat.

But BBQ season poses a big threat to all the effort we put in during the week. Beers, burgers, and those all-too tempting summer themed desserts can de-rail our progress if we aren’t careful. So if you hate feeling guilty about indulging every  now and then, here are a few recipes that’ll help you indulge responsibly for the rest of the summer, even if the heat has gotten to your head.

My first rule of thumb for summer BBQs–always make sure you bring a dish so that you have something nutritious and delicious to eat. The best part? You get to share your healthy creation with everyone else. Here are a few of my guilt-free summer favorites:

Lobster salad
Use leftover lobster meat in this lightened-up version of the New England classic.
16oz cooked lobster meat
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 medium celery stalks, sliced into pieces
1 tsp dill
1 tsp black pepper
A splash of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together. Add additional spices to taste. Serve over lettuce to keep it light and healthy.

Lettuce wrapped turkey burgers stuffed with Swiss and avocado
16oz organic ground turkey
1/4 medium red onion, chopped
1 pastured egg
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Stuffing (optional):
4 1oz squares Swiss cheese
1/2 avocado

With clean hands, mix all ingredients (except for stuffing) in a large bowl. Form into patties and flatten. Add stuffing and form the finished patty around the stuffing. Cook thoroughly on the grill or in a frying pan. Substitute lettuce for buns and save on calories and carbs. For all you bacon lovers, top with uncured bacon.

Bacon wrapped asparagus
Forget pigs in a blanket. Get your greens in with this rendition of the classic hors d’oeuvre.
10 thick asparagus spears
10 strips of uncured/nitrate and nitrite free bacon
4-6 wooden skewers (soak in water first!)

Bacon wrapped asparagus spears

Wrap each spear with one strip of bacon. Secure the spears and bacon with skewers at each end (see photo). Toss on the grill until bacon is crispy and enjoy! If you aren’t firing up the grill, bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 7 minutes or until bacon crispy and asparagus is bright green.

Indulge responsibly & don’t be a stranger to the saddle!

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