Savory, sizzling barbecue is a summertime treat. We all have our favorite classics like ribs, hamburgers and hotdogs. This summer, why not surprise (and maybe even impress) your friends and family with a new twist on these summer classics?
Luckily, you don’t have to be a grill master to know how to throw a great summer barbecue. vybe has you and your guests covered with 5 foolproof ideas for a memorable, delicious and healthy cookout.
We all love the classic sesame seed bun, but deep down, we know there are better choices. Try swapping that starchy bun out for a couple thick slices of grilled pineapple — it will add a little extra tang to your burger and give both your immune and digestive system a boost. If pineapple isn’t your thing, Portobello mushrooms are another excellent bun swap option!
You can also swap the classic hamburger for a healthier, but equally delicious immune-boosting alternative. Use a turkey (or chicken) patty, as these poultry alternatives are high in vitamin B6, which promotes the formation of new and healthy red blood cells in your body.
We’re native to Philly, so it comes as no surprise that we love our cheesesteaks. To flex our healthy vybe this summer — we’re ordering wiz and roll wit-out. We’re exchanging steak meat for shredded chicken and adding mushrooms, onions and provolone cheese. Wrap your ingredients up in a foil pack, toss that baby on the grill and dinner is served!
Salmon steaks are great on the grill and great for you. Salmon is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and decrease risk factors for disease. Plus, salmon is also loaded with additional vitamins and antioxidants to help keep your body healthy and manage your weight. Add a squeeze of a citrus fruit (we love lime) to give your meal some added flavor and take your healthy vybe to the next level — your dinner guests won’t be disappointed.
Shellfish such as shrimp are packed with zinc, which our bodies need to keep our immune cells functioning properly. Toss some shrimp in a citrusy marinade and throw them on the grill — finish them off by drizzling with a spinach-based pesto which is packed with beta carotene, antioxidants and vitamin C to increase your body’s infection-fighting power. Who knew your dinner could be so tasty nutritious?
Grilled veggies are sure to be a crowd pleaser at any barbecue, but knowing their health benefits makes those yummy grilled peppers taste even better. Red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruits and are loaded with beta carotene! Combine them with superfoods like zucchini and broccoli for a health boosting grilled veggie platter like none you’ve ever seen before.
Summer is prime time for firing up the grill and inviting neighbors, friends and family to enjoy time together. Practice safety, making sure you keep kids away from the hot grill and handle raw meat responsibly.
Happy grilling from vybe!
When working with grills and/or raw meat, you run the risk for illnesses and injuries such as cross contamination and burns. In the off chance that these occur, you can contact vybe at 215-999-6060 or visit one of our four Philadelphia locations (South Philly, Center City, Port Richmond or Roxborough) for immediate assistance. Our centers are open 7 days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.