bbq hack: 4 healthy recipes that'll freshen up your 4th!

what better way to celebrate a big ol’ USA birthday than with some healthy, yet hearty grub to balance out all the festive fare?? we know it’s not always easy to stick to your goals on holidays, especially when you’re surrounded by the usual junky suspects (we’re lookin’ at you, s’mores!),  but with these fresh + filling recipes, you won’t even feel like you’re missing out at that annual red, white + blue bbq! check out our four faves this 4th.

[berry + avocado salsa]
makes 2 - 4 servings
salsa sans tomatoes?? we know, it’s not your typical salsa, but hear us out. once you get a load of this otherworldly pairing of succulent, summer berries + cool, creamy avocado, plain ol’ salsa just won’t do. better yet: the healthy fats in the avo will keep you satiated way longer than the red stuff ever could.  

1 avocado, peeled, pitted + diced
4 large strawberries, diced
½ cup blueberries
juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp crumbled feta
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
pinch of sea salt

1. mix everything together + enjoy with your favorite edible scoop! (we may or may not have just eaten it straight with a spoon…)


[strawberry-basil chicken skewers]
makes 5 skewers
never charred up your chicken alongside sweet, juicy strawberries + bright, herby basil?? then you’re missin’ out. not only does this sweet + savory combo cook up quickly on the grill, it’s the perfect seasonal main for that 4th celebration! 

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 ½” to 2” chunks
¼ cup avocado oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp sea salt
black pepper to taste
5 large strawberries, halved lengthwise
10 large basil leaves

1. marinate the chicken chunks in the avocado oil + garlic powder + rosemary + sea salt + pepper for at least a few hours in the fridge.
2. thread the chicken chunks, strawberries + basil leaves onto skewers, then spray with avocado oil spray before grilling - about 4 minutes per side on a hot grill.
3. let ‘em rest a couple minutes, then devour!


[grilled chili-lime cauliflower steaks]
makes 2 steaks
have a guest or two who don’t eat the meat? these perfectly spiced, grilled cauliflower steaks will ensure they feel included in even the most carnivorous of food festivities. in fact, even the meat eaters will be jealous of these bad boys.

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into two 1” steaks from the center
¼ cup avocado oil
1 tbsp liquid smoke
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp sea salt
black pepper to taste
juice + zest of 1 lime
chopped cilantro for garnish
extra virgin olive oil for garnish

1. marinate the steaks in the avocado oil, liquid smoke, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, sea salt + pepper for at least a few hours in the fridge.
2. sprinkle each side with a little sea salt + pepper, then grill up to 10 minutes per side.
3. serve topped with chopped cilantro + a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


[watermelon birthday cake] 
makes 4 slices
you know you always want a lil somethin’ sweet after your meal. i mean, let’s face it - regardless of how stuffed your savory stomach is, the sweets stomach is always open for biz! why? blame it on the brain. every time you catch an eyeful of that cake, your brain overrides your stomach’s satiety signals, effectively making room for more. the problem: sugar doesn’t trigger satiation like protein and fat do, so it’s ridiculously easy to overdo it. our solution: indulge in a slice of whole-food watermelon cake instead - topped with a thick greek yogurt “frosting” to keep that sweets stomach in check.  

1 2-inch-thick watermelon round
1 cup vanilla yogurt
4 strawberries, quartered
½ cup blueberries

1. spread yogurt on top of watermelon round.
2. top yogurt with strawberries + blueberries.
3. cut into wedges + sing happy birthday to the U.S. of A. as you chow down!

what’s your favorite summer bbq recipe? share in the comments! tried one of our 4th faves? tag @fitbook on instagram so we can check it out! happy 4th!!

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