Fit And Well Idaho: Finding Healthy Options At Barbecues


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, all traditional fare you'd find at a barbecue, but if you expand your horizons, seafood can be your best friend.

Can you eat healthy at a barbecue?
The answer is, yes.

We'll start with a delicious, yet nutritious entrée.

Sarah Renaldi, a Dietitian with St. Luke's Magic Valley gives us some examples: "grilled fish, halibut, shrimp skewers, lean meats and lean steak."

Even potato salad, the traditional side dish can be modified.

"You can do a couple of things to make it healthier, like swap out some Greek yogurt, non–fat Greek yogurt for part of the mayonnaise to make it a little bit healthier, leave the skins on the potatoes to give it a little more fiber."

Raw vegetables not your cup of tea?
Throw them on the grill.

"The ones that are best are onions, squash, zucchini, asparagus, mushrooms; those are all really good choices."

St. Luke's Magic Valley offers barbecues this time of year that attract staff and visitors alike and it's ok to go back for seconds.

"If you're still hungry, going back for the fruits and vegetables is always a good idea."

If you're looking for salty side dish such as chips...

"The baked chips are a great option instead of fried chips.... And go for pre–portioned bags."

And when it comes down to dessert, it's all about eating fresh.

"So fresh fruit is readily available this time of year, a fruit can also do grilled peaches a little bit of non–fat frozen yogurt on those, delicious."

Here's to a happy and healthy barbecue season.

St. Luke's Magic Valley serves a barbecue luncheon every Tuesday and Thursday through August.

Vegetarian options are also available.