Summer is here — it’s time to warm up the grill! With grilling season upon us, we’re giving you the best foods you can grill all summer long. And, we bet you’ll be surprised to see some of these foods on our list! We’re inviting you to get adventurous (think: grilled avocado, watermelon, pineapple, and cheese). Oh yes, this summer is going to be smoking.
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8 Healthy Foods You Can Grill
Kicking off our list of foods you can grill is no other than the quintessential fruit of summer — watermelon. Watermelon is one of the most hydrating fruits, plus it’s rich in nutrients like the antioxidant lycopene. You’ve probably heard of (and love) everything from watermelon popsicles, salads, and ceviche, but have you tried this seasonal summer favorite with a bit of char? A few minutes on the grill gives watermelon a sweet caramelized flavor, making it the perfect treat for any summer day.
Cut it into wedges and add your flavoring of choice. Try grilling it with a squeeze of lime, your favorite herbs like basil and cilantro, or a sprinkle of cayenne with honey for a sweet and zesty spice.
If you’re looking for healthy foods you can grill, look no further than this tropical fruit. Pineapple may be low in calories, but it comes with impressive health benefits (on and off the grill). Just one cup contains well over the RDI of Vitamin C! Plus, this fruit is loaded with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that have been shown to speed exercise recovery and contains the enzyme bromelain, which may ease digestion and support a healthy weight.
Preparing this grilled fruit is as simple as cutting it into wedges and tossing it on the grill for 3-5 minutes. Pair it with coconut or greek yogurt for a dessert bowl, or elevate any salad, tacos, or veggie dish with its melt-in-your-mouth sweet flavor.
Light, crispy, crunchy, and delicious. If you’re thinking, “grilled salad?” Trust us. You’ll be shocked at how much you’ll love this grilled green! Think of grilled romaine as the summer cousin of kale chips — simply changing the cooking preparation changes the experience! And, one cup of romaine is only about 10 calories.
Simply cut a head of romaine lettuce in half lengthwise, brushing it with a bit of olive oil. Place it face down on your grill for 2-3 minutes. Drizzle it with our FitOn PRO Lemon and Tahini dressing, toss it with your favorite sauce, or mix it together with your other grilled veggies of choice.
Honestly, what can’t avocado do? It may not have been on your list of foods you can grill, but are you surprised to hear it tastes delicious? This fatty fruit contains more potassium than a banana and is loaded with fiber. Skip the guac and save your ripe avocados for the grill.
Lightly brush with olive oil, season it with paprika or chili powder, and toss it on the grill for 3-5 minutes!
Not the grilled cheese you had in mind, but dare we say… better. Imagine your favorite cheese warm, melted, and with a light smoke. Mozzarella… Halloumi… Brie… you can’t go wrong! If it’s a heartier cheese like halloumi, try cutting your cheese into cubes and stringing it through a skewer. Favoring a meltier variety? Toss it in foil to keep all of that cheesy goodness contained! Grill for 2-3 minutes per side — serve with crackers, fruit, or enjoy it with a drizzle of honey or balsamic.
Of course, we love some fresh, juicy tomatoes in our summer salads, guac, and alongside mozzarella. But, you may want to give grilled tomatoes a try! Did you know cooking tomatoes increases the bioavailability of lycopene (the antioxidant responsible for this fruit’s bright red color)?
To prepare, slice your tomato in half, drizzle with oil, and cook face down for 2-4 minutes. Try making a healthy bruschetta like this FitOn PRO Avocado Toast & Heirloom Tomato Salad (with a grilled tomato twist). Give your bread a quick char and serve with fresh greens, herbs, grilled tomato, and an olive oil and balsamic drizzle!
Chicken, steak, and seafood have had their time in the hot seat. It’s time to pass the torch to tofu — the plant-based protein that will undoubtedly secure a place on your grill all summer long! If you haven’t considered tofu one of the best foods you can grill, you’re about to. Tofu soaks up any marinade or flavoring, plus it gets a delicious smoke on the grill. Try the extra firm variety for a “meat-like” texture, grilling for about 8-10 minutes per side.
Once you try grilled sweet potato wedges, you’ll never go back to oven-made. This summer classic screams comfort food and pairs well with nearly any flavor or dish. Cut into wedges and cook on each side until you see grill marks. Enjoy grilled sweet potato alongside grilled protein and greens, dip it in guacamole, or even toss it into a yogurt bowl with fruit and honey for a nourishing yet sweet dish.
Want an extra boost of antioxidants? Try grilling an anthocyanin-rich purple sweet potato!
Looking to heat up the barbeque with new foods? Try grilled steak — cauliflower steak, that is! This simple and savory appetizer will please any crowd. Plus, cauliflower’s neutral taste makes it the perfect blank canvas for any flavor preference.
Marinate it in barbeque sauce, flavor it with lemon and cilantro, or simply brush it with a drizzle of oil. With a mere 25 calories per cup, cauliflower is one of the best foods you can grill for both taste and weight loss!
Spice Up Your Favorite Foods This Summer
There’s nothing like enjoying yummy food at a family cookout or spending a warm summer night cooking by the grill. Grilling can be a fun way to spice up your plate while enjoying your favorite foods in a new way! Now that you have a healthy list of foods you didn’t know you could grill, head to the farmers market, stock up on all the fresh summer produce, and heat up the barbeque!