Don’t fear picnics, sporting events, family get togethers, camping trips, and birthday parties in the summer. I find that the warm weather and abundance and ease of grilling makes eating clean during the warmer months much easier.
Usually we are eating more fresh veggies and fruit, and a lot of it raw as well. There are a lot of healthy compliant meat options or it’s easy to adjust for your needs. Your favorite sides are also easy to make a healthier, cleaner swaps (think potato salad, dips, and guacamole).
In order to navigate get togethers, I always offer to make a side and check on the protein options. Usually you can have a plain burger if need be. Bringing hot dogs, sausages, or marinated chicken is also usually well received, as long as you’re willing to share.
Below is a round up of items that are our summer staples in my family. All the proteins are amazing on the grill. I marinate chicken and shrimp and most everything else just gets some salt and pepper.
For the sides I’ve included a couple links for my favorite recipes. Also with compliant mayonnaise (link here) you’ll be able to convert a lot of your own favorite recipes.
Finally, finding great clean condiments is getting a lot easier. Most yellow mustards and dill relishes are compliant (just check your labels) and you can find great compliant ketchup now too. I’ve got a list of my favorites and brands below. I also included my affiliate link for thrive market because that’s where I typically find my own at the lowest price.
Happy summer and happy grilling!
Coleslaw Dressing Recipe from Miss Provision
Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash
Watermelon Cucumber Salad from Mary Smith
Classic Deviled Eggs from Lisa Bryan
Yellow Mustard-Regular is usually compliant
Ketchup-Primal Kitchen or Tessemae’s
Dill Relish-Check labels, Dill is usually ok, sweet has sugars
Hot Sauce-Franks, Cholula and Tapatío are all compliant
Ranch-Tessemae’s, Primal Kitchen, Sir Kensington’s or make your own
BBQ Sauce-The New Primal, Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen
If you don’t want to make your own sauces, I like to buy my compliant ones through Thrive Market. I find they have the best deals and I have been a member for a long time. I have an affiliate link with them to offer you a month’s free membership and 25% off your first order here: ThriveMarket.com/HeatherAcken