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19 Healthy Alternatives to Popular Barbecue Foods

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6. Broccoli fritters instead of fries

Replace the greasy fries for some light broccoli fritters. As a side, pan-fried in a bit of oil, they can seem rich, so it may be a good idea to top them with fresh tomato salsa.

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7. Teriyaki salmon steaks instead of beef patties

Steak is usually the preferred protein choice when it comes to a grilled meal, but people who are looking for something lighter on a hot summer day may opt for fish. Fish, especially salmon, is well known for being rich in healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon is also richer in flavor than many other types of fish.

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8. Pulled jackfruit sandwich instead of pulled pork sandwich

Jackfruit, a vegan world darling that tastes like apples and bananas mixed together, makes for a simple and low-fat alternative to pork. The pulled jackfruit sandwich usually consists of the jackfruit, marinated in barbecue sauce, on a soft bun topped with coleslaw.

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9. Vegetable skewers instead of meat kebab

Skewers are an opportunity to grill some vegetables and make your meal healthier. Replace most, if not all, of the meat chunks with various vegetables. Other, lighter, protein options for skewers instead of meat are fish or shrimp.

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10. Vinegar instead of mayonnaise in coleslaw

A creamy dressing is usually packed with fat and calories, so traditional mayonnaise-based coleslaw is not the best choice for people watching their diet. A vinegar-based coleslaw is a lighter, healthier option because it contains fewer calories and less fat.

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