10 Healthy BBQ Side Dish Recipes for Summer

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on June 29, 2015

Now that summer is here, grilling is here too. What that really means is my husband does all the work while I prepare a few easy side dishes. I reached out to my dietitian friends to get some BBQ food ideas. And boy did they deliver!

So here are 10 side dish recipes to give you some inspiration this summer.

1. Black bean & Avocado salad: I’ve been making this black bean salad from All Recipes for a few years now and love it. It’s perfect to bring to a barbecue or eat for a quick lunch. I pretty much follow this recipe except I skip the corn and decrease the salt and amount of dressing.

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2. Roasted Vegetable Couscous: I’ve been eyeing this recipe from Budget Bytes for awhile. I recently made it for a family gathering and it was a huge hit. It’s definitely going in the summer rotation. 

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3. Cabbage and Kale Slaw with Sesame Dressing: Thanks to dietitian Holley Grainger for this nutritious take on coleslaw. I cannot wait to try it.

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4. Nepali Style Potato Salad: We don’t like mayo-based potato salads around here. This potato salad is from Dixya at Food, Pleasure & Health is a nice twist on no-mayo potato salad! 

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5. Sweet Potato Salad: I’ve been looking for a sweet potato salad to try out. This recipe from Jessica Levinson at Nutrioulicious definitely fits the bill. The recipe incorporates cilantro and green onions. Yum!

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6. Grilled Vegetable Salad: What’s even better than grilled vegetables? Grilled vegetable salad! This recipe is courtesy of Katie Cavuto at Healthy Bites. 

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7. Roasted Potato Salad Nicoise: Here’s another unique twist on potato salad with green beans and olives from EA Stewart the Spicy RD. 

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8. Strawberry Spinach Quinoa Salad: This super simple recipe from Katie Serbinski at Mom to Mom Nutrition looks amazing. 

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9. Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Potato Salad: Regan Jones at Healthy Aperture shares her recipe featuring potatoes, sun dried tomatoes, pesto and feta cheese. 

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10 Taboulleh Bulgur Salad: Our final side dish is from the Meal Makeover Moms. It contains bulgur wheat, chickpeas, tomatoes, dried cranberries and parsley. See full recipe here.

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What’s your favorite side dish?  Leave it in the comments.

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6 Health Lessons I Learned on Our Summer Vacation

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on June 26, 2015

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Every summer we take a trip. And this year we chose New York and Washington, DC.

New York is where the hubs and I spent most our pre-kid life. It’s where we fell in love and got engaged. Since the kids are old enough, we thought it was time to share it with them.

We have close friends who live just outside of DC and we wanted to visit them as well. So we spent half our time in New York and the other half in Virginia.

It’s our second day back and I’m still reeling from the experience. But most importantly, I’m taking in the health lessons summer vacation teaches. click to continue

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How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat Sushi

June 17, 2015

To help fill in while we are on summer vacation, here’s a guest post from Le Anne Ruzzamenti. My son has been a picky eater since he turned three and as we near his seventh birthday, we can still only count a handful of vegetables and fruits that he will eat. While he’s not the extreme […]




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Book Review & Giveaway: No Sweat

June 12, 2015
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Before I started Raise Healthy Eaters I briefly had a website called Do it Yourself Nutrition. While searching for article ideas, I ran across a study examining what motivates women to maintain exercise. I interviewed the author of the study, Michelle Segar, PhD, and we’ve been in contact ever since. She feels the same way […]




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7 Nutrition Sacrifices I Make to Help Expand My Kids’ Palate

June 9, 2015
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Somewhere along the line I realized that always taking the nutritional high road wasn’t getting me anywhere with my kids. As a dietitian it can be tough to break certain nutrition rules, but I have found that doing so is often exactly what’s needed to expand my kids’ food preferences. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

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5 Obstacles That Keep Parents from Raising Intuitive Eaters

June 1, 2015
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Long before having children, I knew I wanted to raise not just a healthy eater, but an intuitive one. A child, turned adult, who uses internal cues to guide eating and chooses healthy food as much for pleasure as for health. What I didn’t expect was the difficulties that would arise on this journey. But […]




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Vegetable Medley Side Dish [Recipe]

May 26, 2015
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I’ve been working on side dishes for my dinner rotation. I’m trying to ensure I have a variety of veggies and seem to be short on green been and mushroom dishes. So when strategizing I thought of this Green Bean and Mushroom Medley from All Recipes I usually make for Thanksgiving. I made some modifications […]

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Updated Best Cereal Post, Free 12-Page Report and a Favor

May 20, 2015
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I’ve been updating old posts with the goal of keeping the content current. It’s not always possible to republish them so I’m letting you know about my most recent updated post: 10 of the Best Cereals for Kids. It highlights kid friendly ready-to-eat cereals that meet the following nutrition criteria per serving: 10g or less […]

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7 Red Flags of Misleading Nutrition Advice

May 14, 2015
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Before we dig into our new series on evaluating the evidence for nutrition trends, I want to review the different types of evidence. Without this knowledge it’s easy to be misled. By being misled I mean you are only being told part of the story, which means your decision is not an informed one. So […]




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Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: Author Q&A and Giveaway

May 11, 2015
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I’m excited for the newly released book: Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion and Feeding Disorders. Katja Rowell has teamed up with Jennifer McGlothlin to fill a real void out there for struggling kids and parents. Their book is research-based, extensive and written in a […]




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