Summer is quickly approaching and while most will be attending cookouts and day parties it is important to find balance in the foods you are eating. The chicken and ribs are very tempting but don’t forget to nourish your body with fruits in vegetables as well. At a lot of cookouts (at least the ones I have attended), there tends to be more meat and junk food than any other food, and if there is a salad it seems to go untouched.

This Summer, be the person at the cookout that brings a delicious fruit bowl, refreshing salad, or flavorful veggie wraps. After all, did we work hard all Spring to get our Summer body only to gain all the weight back from eating at cookouts? I didn’t think so! Remember, it’s OK to indulge in the Summer cookouts just find balance. Below, I share with you some tips and recipes for enjoying healthy summer eats

Tip One: Find fresh produce that’s in season. Eating in season produce is higher in nutritional value, cheaper, fresher, and tastes better.

Tip Two: While the meat is grilling throw some fresh vegetables on the grill for a few minutes. There is nothing tastier than lightly seasoned grilled vegetables. Vegetables in-season during the summer that you can grill are summer squash, asparagus, bell peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

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