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Father's Day is right around the corner! What better way to show Dad you care than by taking charge of the grill and making a delicious and healthy dinner for the family to enjoy? Not only will you be giving him the night off, but you'll also be helping him stay healthy so he can be around for many, many years to come.

Grilling is a very healthy way to get your meats and veggies cooked and tasting delicious. Try revolving your entire meal around the grill... even dessert!

For dinner, try something new. Consider setting up a burger bar using lower fat burger alternatives such as ground turkey, veggie burgers or portabella mushrooms. Use sandwich flats or light wheat buns to lower the calories of the bread, and be sure to provide all sorts of low calorie condiments and veggies to load up your burger with. Try using different kinds of mustards to add extra flavor and use low fat cheese.

Make sweet potato or parsnip fries for an alternative from the fried version. Try grilling up veggies such as grilled corn on the cob, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes or onions and season them any way you wish. This website has a ton of great tips on how to grill veggies.

If youíre looking for an alternative to steak or chicken, try seafood. In general, fish that has the consistency of steak usually grills up better (salmon, tuna, halibut, etc), but scallops and shrimp are also great fish choices that work great on the grill. You can keep the seasoning as simple as marinating in olive oil, salt and pepper or you can jazz it up with other low sodium marinades.

Another alternative is grilled pizza, which could be a meal or an appetizer. Take whole wheat pizza dough, top it with low fat cheese and lots of veggies and cook on top of the grill for a Fatherís ...    Continue

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