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23 Easy Tricks For A Healthier Barbecue

Eating grilled shrimp isn't exactly a sacrifice, you know?

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7. Always make your own vinaigrette instead of buying bottled salad dressing.

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Homemade vinaigrette — one part vinegar or citrus juice, two parts oil, plus whatever flavorings you'd like — is not only super easy to make, it's also healthier than the bottled kind, since there are no preservatives, colorings, or added sugars.

Recipe: Simone's Shallot Vinaigrette


11. Instead of burgers, grill a lean cut of steak.

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Burgers inevitably come with all kinds of not-so-healthy extras: cheese, sugary condiments, bacon, white bread, more cheese, etc. These add up quickly, so you're better off eating a super-flavorful piece of steak, with salsa verde or just a little bit of steak sauce.

Recipe: Grilled Skirt Steak with Herb Salsa Verde


13. Grill chicken that will upstage any red meat by marinating it beforehand.

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Simply marinating your chicken in a mixture of lemon juice and soy sauce for at least an hour before grilling it will make it delicious. More importantly, it'll keep it from drying out on the grill.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Thighs


Using freshly squeezed citrus juice is key here.

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A real margarita is just tequila, triple-sec, lots of fresh lime, and the tiniest bit of agave. Pre-mix a whole pitcher for guests to enjoy throughout the party.

Recipe: Healthy Margarita

20. Consider the wine spritzer.

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One part white wine + One part club soda makes for a low-calorie drink that's perfect for summer. Also, diluting the wine with water means the booze won't go to your head and convince you that eating three cheeseburgers is a good idea.

Recipe: Wine Spritzer