Healthy Cookout Ideas for the Grill: How to Have a Nutritious Cookout


Dessert pizza with yogurt, strawberries, and blueberries

Image via WhosThisValGirl, Flickr

Apple pie may be the All-American dessert, but there are plenty of other healthier options that taste just as great. Consider popsicles, frozen yogurt, or fruit parfaits instead. I guarantee all of the alternatives will be just as refreshing on a hot summer’s day. Better yet — go for a bowl of fresh fruit! Strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon are all summer fruits that are healthy, delicious, and best of all — guilt free!

  Apple Pie (1/8) Frozen Yogurt (1 cup) Fruit Parfait
Calories 411 214 100
Total Fat (g) 19 g 3 g 1 g
Saturated Fat 5 g 2 g 0

Tip: It can be really easy to lose track of how much you’re eating during a cookout. Often times these events go on for many hours and part of the social aspect is nibbling throughout the day. Before you know it, you’ve had 4 sodas, 2 burgers, and a bag of chips. When the food’s available, we’ll eat and eat without paying mind to exactly how much we’re consuming! Before the cookout, make it a goal to put leftovers away after everyone eats so it’s not as readily available.

Take Advantage of Time with Family & Friends

Having a healthy cookout doesn’t have to be all about meal choices, though. If you’re at a cookout, you’re probably around family and/or friends. Take this opportunity to engage in some outdoor activities! You can kill two birds with one stone — get some physical activity in as well as spend time with loved ones. Throw the Frisbee. Play tag with the kids. Bust out the baseball gloves and play catch. Hell, even something like geocaching will get you some physical activity and it’s a great thing to do with children. Take lots of pictures. When you spend as much time away from home as truckers do, these photographs become cherished memories.

Share the Road Safely

Memorial Day is one of the most popular days of the entire year for traveling, so one last thing to keep on your mind is safely sharing the road with 4-wheelers. Our friends at Driver Solutions put together this great infographic on how to share the road with trucks. It has lots of valuable information on distracted driving, stopping distance, blind spots, and the like.

A cookout is a special occasion to spend with friends and family. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to deprive yourself. You don’t need to completely avoid cookout food and have a salad while everyone else chows down on burgers and hot dogs — just try to be more conscious of portion size and the meal choices you make! With a little planning, you can have a great Memorial Day cookout without tarnishing your healthy diet.

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About Amanda

Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!