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Happy Father’s Day to all the strong and gentle, adventurous and loyal, goofy and all-knowing father’s and father figures. Conveniently, your holiday lands on the first day of summer in Edmonton which means barbecue season is officially among us! While this is great news for easy entertaining on the patio and spending much needed time outdoors, it could be bad news for your waistline.

Frequently cooking up traditional BBQ meals like beef steaks and burgers can lead to increased risks for cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Additionally, the calories and fat content of beef might make it tough to stick to your fitness goals. See our top 3 recommendations for waist-friendly BBQ’s on the patio all summer long!

1.) Kabobs
Kabobs are a fun way to incorporate vegetables in with your protein and allow for easy personalization for a picky eaters or anyone with dietary restrictions.
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Chicken Kabobs
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 onion, cut into wedges
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 cup barbecue sauce 

– Preheat grill for high heat.
– Thread the chicken, green bell pepper, onion, and red bell pepper pieces onto skewers alternately.
– Lightly oil the grill grate.
– Place kabobs on the prepared grill, and brush with barbeque sauce. Cook, turning and brushing with barbeque sauce frequently, for 15 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear.

2.) Sliders
Sliders are a great alternative to classic burgers. Their miniature size helps with portion control and might encourage slower eating. Try turkey or fish as an alternative to beef! salmon healthy barbecue alternative edmonton fitness

Salmon Sliders with Citrus Yogurt Sauce
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
Juice of half a lime
Juice of half an orange
1 tsp honey
1 lb skinless, boneless salmon
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 piece ginger (1 inch), chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tsp vegetable oil
6 small 100% whole-grain pitas

– Combine yogurt, lime juice, orange juice, and honey; set aside.
– Preheat grill to medium. Wash salmon and pat dry. Chop half the fish and place in food processor along with sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Process into a pasty puree.
– Chop remaining salmon and add to puree along with bread crumbs and cilantro. Pulse until combined. Form into 12 small patties and brush with oil.
– Grill 4 minutes per side. Stuff pitas with burgers and yogurt sauce.

3.) Portobello Pizza
Traditional crust carries little nutritional value- but what if you could swap it out for a low calorie alternative and still satisfy your pizza craving?

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1 large portobello mushroom, stem removed
(this will act as your pizza crust!)

1 tablespoon spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tablespoon sliced black olives
4 slices pepperoni sausage
1 clove garlic, chopped

– Preheat your grill. Set it to a medium-high heat keeping in mind it will need to act as an oven once the lid is closed.
– Place the mushroom on grill for a few minutes to warm it. Remove and spread spaghetti sauce in the cup of the cap.
– Top with cheese, olives, pepperoni and garlic or any of your favourite toppings.
– Return to BBQ for a minute or two until the cheese is melted to your liking.

How are you celebrating Father’s Day this year? 

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