12 BBQ Foods for 250 Calories (or Less)


Picnic spreads are often chock-full of belly-busting dishes. Be the star of the potluck with these flavorful and sensible options — each has less than 250 calories per serving.

Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija

Grill corn to give it a smoky flavor, then toss in a spicy dressing. This recipe also stays guilt-free at 137 calories per serving.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

This tomato salad is anything but ordinary. It’s bursting with summer flavors for less than 100 calories per serving.

Grilled Eggplant with Yogurt and Mint

Grilled Eggplant with Yogurt and Mint

This simple and delicious eggplant recipe can be served as a side dish or as a topper for sandwiches.

Foil-Packet Corn

Forget about a big pot of boiling water and make corn on the grill infused with fresh summer herbs.


Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Keep lean beef juicy and flavorful with a sweet and spicy glaze.

Sweet Potato Salad

It may seem like an odd combination, but this healthy salad is creamy, colorful and naturally sweet.

Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano Mint Sauce

Low-calorie and quick-cooking shrimp make perfect finger food for a backyard gathering. This recipe features lots of fresh herbs and veggies, and it is only 166 calories per serving.

Grilled Panzanella Recipe

Wow guests with this salad that can be served as a main course. It’s just as beautiful as it is tasty.


Sweet and Spicy Grilled Salmon

Get a dose of good-for-you Omega-3 fats from this salmon, complete with a spicy sauce and a cool and crunchy slaw.

Black Bean Salad

Make this salad for a few or for a crowd — black beans boost the fiber and protein, making it extra satisfying.

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Sugar Butter

Keep the grill fired up for dessert! You can enjoy this sweet treat for less than 200 calories per serving.

Foil-Packet Upside-Down Cakes

You can never have too many grilled desserts, and with foil packets, cleanup is a breeze.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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