BBQ’s are a summer staple! And with that can come a smorgasbord of hard-to-resist dips, chips, and sips. But, if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet, or following a special diet, you’ll need a reliable BBQ recipe library that both excites you and keeps you on track! What is the Paleo diet anyway? The Paleo, or Paleolithic diet, is based on a hunter-gatherer method of eating where foods like grains, pasteurized dairy, processed sugar, processed oils, and legumes are eliminated. The intent in doing so limits systemic inflammation and offers benefits to a number of health conditions including IBS, autoimmune conditions, and weight loss.
While maintaining the plan can be slightly difficult when traveling or at social events, it is absolutely 100% doable and 100% worth the effort. And with Sacramento being the “Farm to Fork” capital of the U.S., fresh, healthy foods are within close proximity making going Paleo super convenient! To give you a Paleo game plan for summer, consider these five BBQ components:
Nom Nom Paleo and Whole30
Who doesn’t love a yummy meatball? But these Asian-style bites leave the rest packing. Blended with sweet potato, mushrooms, and cilantro, the flavors roll together and are full of flavor.
Arugula Strawberry Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Cook Eat Paleo
This salad is everything you want in a summer! Fresh fruits, greens, and a light sweet vinaigrette brighten the day and the palate without leaving you hungry for more!
Paleo Pork Ribs and BBQ Sauce
Ultimate Paleo Guide
Get your hands dirty with these bib-worthy BBQ ribs! The zesty flavors of garlic, chili and onion powders, and jalapeno knock the boredom right off of your tastebuds with one solid punch!
Seared Scallops with Saffron Sauce
Who says you can’t do seafood at a BBQ? This lighter fare is perfect for a summer soiree where you can dine in decadence while in the comfort of your flip flops!
What’s a BBQ without a burger on the grill? This tasty meal combines the lightness of fresh summer veggies with a few slices of bacon to add a little crunch. It’s hard to believe bacon is Paleo-approved, but, boy do we appreciate that!
Paleo Coleslaw Recipe
My Natural Family
You can’t have Paleo ribs without a side dish of paleo coleslaw! But, unlike the regular version, this one is thankfully dairy free!
Baked Sweet Potatoes
While a baked potato on the grill covered in all the usual toppings may sound delicious, it doesn’t measure up to the health benefits of sweet potatoes. Baked sweet potatoes do double duty by being both flavorful and full of vitamins B and C.
Grilled Corn with White Truffle Oil
This side dish takes a twist on the standard corn-on-the-cob and dresses it up a bit with a sassy white truffle oil mix. Not to be missed!
Basil Ginger Tea
Iced tea by the pool is way more fun when it’s tea with a little spice. Not only is it incredibly refreshing, the basil ginger tea helps with digestion issues, is anti-inflammatory, and can help prevent summer colds!
Paleo With Citrus Sangria
While not fully Paleo, this fruity cocktail of lemon, blueberries, ginger, and champagne is a nice summer cocktail to enjoy outside with friends.
Peach and Raspberry Lemonade
Like a breath of fresh air, Paleo Leap kicks lemonade up a notch with a puckery blend of peach, raspberry, and lemon delight in a glass!
Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies
Get Inspired Everyday!
A party without cookies just isn’t a party! But luckily for us, this coco-nutty, chocolate caramel dessert swaps out regular sugar for coconut sugar, making this treat one of our favs!
Avocado Pistachio and Matcha Ice Cream
The Healthy Foodie
Since pasteurized dairy is off the list, this recipe mixes coconut milk with avocados, pistachios, matcha tea, and a whole blend of other sweet ingredients. While avocado in ice cream may seem strange, it is incredibly creamy and satisfying!
Pineapple Coconut Bars With Chocolate Macadamia Nut Crust
Living Healthy With Chocolate
These bars taste like how a trip to Hawaii would feel! These summery treats are a perfect combo of sweet to salty, and soft to crunchy.
Summer is about having fun and getting together with friends and family. Spending that time enjoying your life is much easier when you have a healthy meal plan planned, set, and eaten without a next-day food hangover. Stay healthy and enjoy the sun!