Healthy Side Dishes to Complement Your Summer Grilling


It’s a challenge to eat right during the summer months, and it is especially tough to figure out how to create healthy side dishes so you can stay on track with your wellness journey.

In my pre-healthy days, almost all of my grilling side dishes consisted of starchy sides like spaghetti, potato salad and baked beans overly done with sugar. We were consuming a large amount of white carbs and side dishes with heavy oil in the form of mayonnaise. You live and you learn, right? When you know better, you do better! Now that I’m traveling down a different nutritional path, I incorporated some healthy side dishes to accompany my summer grilling. I hope that you like these dishes as well, and perhaps, add them to your summer menu.

Roasted Corn & Blueberry Salad

This recipe is simply wonderful. Not only is it delicious and simple to make, it is packed with antioxidants that’s guaranteed to promote healthy cellular growth; but when you’re eating it, you’re not thinking about any of this. Your only thoughts are “man this is so good, is there more?”

Ingredients

½ bag of organic frozen sweet corn, roasted in the oven at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes. Simply open bag, pour it onto your baking dish and place in the oven. It’s that simple!

If you use fresh corn, remove from the cob and roast.

¼ red onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

½ cucumber, diced

1 ½ cup fresh blueberries

1 ½ avocado, chopped into small bite size pieces

¼ small bunch of cilantro, chopped

For the dressing

1 lime, juiced, little more if desired, but not too much more or else it will overpower the dish

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Start with 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, and add more if desired up to 1 teaspoon.

Salt and pepper to taste, optional

Small drizzle of honey, optional

Directions

  1. Remove corn from the oven when it’s done and let it cool off.

  2. Toss all vegetables and cilantro together in a large bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and optional ingredients if desired.

  4. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to mix. Chill before serving.

Note: The fresh, raw vegetables and the lime juice makes for a very refreshing dish. Excellent side dish for the perfect summer barbecue!

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