Mayo-drenched potato salad. Saturated fat-filled dips. Sugar-filled desserts.
Thanks to foods like these, any barbecue spread can turn into a minefield of calorie bombs. And when you’re focused on eating clean—essential for obtaining summer six-pack abs—abstaining from all those cookout foods can make you feel like you’re starving yourself.
Fortunately, there’s a better way. Instead of avoiding your favorite dishes, you can lighten them up with a few easy tweaks in the kitchen. (And if you’re not hosting, you can always bring one of these dishes and just snack on that all day.)
Here are 10 healthier barbecue recipes you can whip up for your next outdoor grilling fest.