What’s a BBQ without snacks? Boring. Does that mean it always has to be greasy burgers and brats? No. A BBQ for you and yours can also feature healthy snacks. Because after all, sometimes your health is all that you’ve got.
So whether you and your friends are celebrating a birthday, graduation, gameday, or just a gathering outside because of the beautiful weather and to celebrate all that is life, snacks are an important factor to keeping all of your bros happy and their bellies full, and no party is complete without them.
With that, here are five quick, easy, and healthy snacks to prepare for your next BBQ:
Turkeys in a Blanket
Simply take turkey hot dogs (or tofu dogs!), wrap them in whole wheat crescent dough, and top with poppy seeds. Bake accordingly, and serve with an assortment of sauces (honey mustard, hot and spicy, etc.). For vegetarians, replace turkey with tofu.
Chips and Malt Vinegar
Not bagged potato chips! Instead, cut 4 large Yukon potatoes into chips and place on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown. Flip them. Drizzle with some olive oil and kosher salt, bake an additional 10 minutes. Serve in a bowl topped with malt vinegar and kosher salt. Crunch!
Take one pound of unsalted and shelled pistachios. Add to them (as much or as little) cayenne, pepper, ginger, allspice, and bake on a flat sheet for about 30 minutes. Stir around every 10 minutes. Place in bowl and serve. Full of protein and chock full of vitamins.
Cream Cheese and Turkey Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
Not as difficult as it sounds. Take 12 large jalapeno peppers, slice them in half, remove stems, and core out all white pulp and seeds (unless you like it extra spicy… we’re serious). Fill with vegan gourmet cream cheese. Top with diced onions and pre-cooked bacon. Bake about 20 minutes. Optional: Sprinkle fat-free shredded Mexican cheese on top.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Wings with Dip
What’s game day without chicken wings? Preheat oven to 375. Take 1 pound skinless chicken drumsticks, shake with salt and pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, and chili powder in a plastic bag. Bake 1 hour. Once cooked, toss the wings in a bowl with your favorite sauce until coated.
For the dipping sauce, try mixing 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 packet ranch dressing seasoning mix, and 1/2 cup skim milk. Stir in some diced chives and black pepper. Serve.
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