In the summer months, your backyard doubles as your kitchen as you forgo your oven for the grill. It's freeing. It's fun. But face it, it can get a little unimaginative. You slap on some burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and corn—but even these summer staples start to feel a bit dull.

To breathe new life into your cookouts, we asked Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., for some unexpected, but extra nutritious, foods to add to your grilling repertoire this summer. From protein staples (like turkey and tofu), to side dishes (hello, grilled artichokes), and desserts (ever grilled a banana?), you'll have tons of possibilities and more reasons to fire up the grill this season.