Grab those briquets and grill tongs – it’s finally time for outdoor grilling and al fresco dining. But your meals don’t have to center around questionable hot dogs and the old burger standby.

Eating a cleaner diet can be as simple as avoiding processed foods that often contain chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and other unhealthy ingredients. Instead of nitrite-rich brats and hot dogs, pick up some pre-skewered kabobs, grass-fed steaks, or slice up some zucchini or peaches for the grill.

Try some of these tips and recipes for healthier eating off the grill and out on the patio.

 

Paleo Diet Planning

The Paleo diet is one example of cleaner eating in which you focus on food that comes in its original form, as it would have for humans who led a pre-agriculture, hunter-gatherer lifestyle. In short, if it’s pre-cooked or pre-processed, it’s not as good for you. What does this mean for the grill? Grass-fed meats, wild fish, and all manner of fruits and vegetables are your aim.

 

Vivacious Vegetarian Ideas

For those avoiding meat, the grill is still a very friendly place to be. Seafood, fish, portobellos and tofu all stand up well to being grilled, not to mention the slaws, salads, and lovely side dishes that just feel best when served outside.

Tasty Vegan Ingredients

The vegan diet avoids any food derived from animals, including dairy and eggs, and focuses on plant-based proteins, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables.