Fourth of July BBQ – Toss your taters for these nutrition-packed veggie alternatives!

Looking for some fresh ideas for your BBQ this holiday weekend? How about spicing up your grill with seasonal produce? Rather than serving the same old side dishes, such as potatoes or corn, try some of these healthy alternatives to complement your Fourth of July Feast!

Radicchio – Sometimes known as Italian chicory, this red-leafed, cabbage-looking veggie is typically found in salads mixes. However, when grilled, the somewhat bitter taste sweetens to make a fantastic side dish. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill for 4-5 minutes.

Sweet Potatoes – Packed with beta carotene (vitamin A), fiber, and complex carbohydrates, sweet potatoes make a great side dish. Slice in circles, place them right on the hot grill, drizzle with a citrus vinaigrette, and enjoy!

Bell Peppers – Despite the name, bell peppers are far from spicy. With vitamin C content about three times higher than the average orange, these veggies taste even sweeter when grilled. Slice the peppers and place halves on the grill and keep in the fridge for a delicious topping for sandwiches, salads, and more!

Eggplant – This “meaty” vegetable tastes delicious in many ways, in addition to red sauce and parmesan cheese. Throw eggplant slices on the grill and make a super side packed with fiber.

Want more? Try grilling peaches or pineapple for a sweet ending to your meal!

Vitamin-rich, fiber-filled, these veggies pack a nutritional punch that keep us feeling full and satisfied.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Lara Field MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Specialist in Pediatrics with over a decade of clinical and client experience. When she’s not actively working to keep her clients healthy, she’s a busy mother of two active boys and loves testing new recipes in her kitchen. Follow her on Instagram to see her recipe ideas, product suggestions, and see how she manages a healthy lifestyle @larafield.