If this isn't your first summer of clean eating, you're probably already familiar with lean protein options that meet (or meat) your macros. Grilled chicken breasts, grilled lean steaks, grilled shrimp kabobsóall are great choices for any healthy-eating diet plan, excluding vegetarian ones.

But what about the side dishes? If they're packed full of calories, saturated fat, and sugar, you aren't going to be much better off. Check out the following recipes for some delicious side dishes to add to your warm-weather cookouts.

1. Sweet Potato Salad

Loaded with saturated fat and chock-full of calories, regular potato salad is one of the worst side dishes you can choose. Mayonnaise is the main culprit, but there's also a serious dose of insulin-spiking carbs in most standard potato-salad recipes.

Lighten up with this version using sweet potatoes. A refreshing spin on a classic favorite, it's sweet and spicy and works perfectly alongside any main protein offering.

Ingredients
  • Sweet potatoes, chopped, 3-1/2 cups
  • Olive oil, 1/4 cup
  • Balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Honey, 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Red bell pepper, diced, 1 medium
  • Yellow bell pepper, diced, 1 medium
  • Ground cumin, 1 tsp
  • Orange zest, 1/2 tbsp
  • Green onions, diced, 2
  • Mint leaves, sliced, 1/4 cup
  • Raisins, 2 tbsp
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the potatoes, and add salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  3. Blend together the remaining oil, vinegar, honey, peppers, cumin, orange zest, and mint leaves.
  4. Once potatoes are cooked, toss with dressing. Then sprinkle the green onions and raisins over top. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts
  • Serving size: 1 bowl††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Recipe yields: 6 servings
  • Calories: 173
  • Fat: 9 g †
  • Carbs: 23 g
  • Protein: 2 g
2. Creamy Light Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a common hit among the barbeque crowd because it pairs well with just about any meat you happen to grill up. The classic take on coleslaw tends to be very high in fat and caloriesóagain, thanks to a hefty dose of mayonnaise. But you can prepare a much lighter version with a few smart ingredient swaps.

The following recipe uses a delicious sweet lemon dressing rather than mayonnaise. It also calls for you to add nuts for crunch and flavor. You'll never want to go back to the high-fat version!

Ingredients
  • Purple cabbage, finely diced, 2 cups
  • Green cabbage, finely diced, 2 cups
  • Carrots, shredded, 1 cup
  • Celery, finely diced, 2 stalks
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Dried cranberries, 2 tbsp
  • Slivered almonds, 2 tbsp
  • Walnut pieces, 2 tbsp
  • Peanut pieces, 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil, 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice, 2 tbsp
  • Plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp
  • Honey, 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, finely minced, 1 clove
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, honey, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  2. Toss together the cabbage, carrots, celery, and parsley.
  3. Drizzle dressing on top, and toss one more time.
  4. Top with walnuts, peanuts, almonds, and cranberries. Toss and serve.
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Nutrition Facts
  • Serving size: 1 serving ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Recipe yields: 5 servings
  • Calories: 205
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbs: 15 g
  • Protein: 3 g
3. Slow-Cooked Baked Beans

Beans are another traditional favorite. While they're an excellent source of slow-digesting carbohydrates and dietary fiber, the sauces they're swimming in can be pools of added sugar and salt.

Not with this recipe. These baked beans allow you to eat healthy with little prep work. Simply throw everything into the slow cooker the morning before, and it'll be ready when you need it. This recipe also lasts in the fridge for a few days, so it's a great make-ahead option. †

Ingredients
  • Pinto beans, soaked in water for at least 7 hours, 1/4 lb.
  • White beans, soaked in water for at least 7 hours, 1/4 lb.
  • Light soy sauce, 2 tbsp
  • No sodium added chicken broth, 2 cups
  • Apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Sugar-free maple syrup, 1 tbsp
  • Brown sugar, 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, minced, 2 cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cumin powder, 1 tbsp
  • Chili powder, 1/2 tbsp
  • Onion powder, 1 tsp
Directions
  1. Rinse the beans.
  2. Spray the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Add in all the ingredients and stir. Cook on high for about seven hours or until the beans are soft.
  4. Once the seven hours is up, turn off the crockpot and let the beans stand for about an hour prior to serving.
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Nutrition Facts
  • Serving size: 1 serving ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Recipe yields: 3 servings
  • Calories: 254
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbs: 44 g
  • Protein: 19 g
4. Corn on The Cob with A Twist

Few things say summer barbeque like grilled corn on the cob. Eating corn cooked to perfection will make you think you're having a cheat meal. It's the perfect solution to any sweet tooth craving.

Looking to take your corn on the cob one step further? Use this recipe to add an extra element by drizzling on lime juice and adding cilantro.

Ingredients
  • Corn, 2 ears
  • Coconut oil, 1 tbsp
  • Lime juice, 1/2 lime
  • Fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Rub half the coconut oil over the corn. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Place on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, turning every few minutes.
  3. Once done, brush on a little more coconut oil. Toss with cilantro, and drizzle the lime juice on top. Serve.
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Nutrition Facts
  • Serving size: 1 serving ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Recipe yields: 2 servings
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbs: 16 g
  • Protein: 3 g
5. White Chocolate Fluff Fruit Salad

Finally, for dessert, you'll want something sweet and light. This recipe fits the bill. The fruit will give you a good dose of Vitamin C while being just sweet enough to keep cravings at bay. If you've done your workout that day, and aren't on a very-low-carb or other strict diet, this is one dessert you can feel good indulging in.

Ingredients
  • Crushed pineapple with juice, 1 cup
  • Instant sugar-free, fat-free white chocolate pudding powder mix, 1 (3-ounce package)
  • Light frozen whipped topping, thawed, 12-ounce container
  • Almonds, sliced, 1/4 cup
  • Mandarin oranges, drained, 12-ounce can
  • Strawberries, sliced, 1/2 cup
  • Cantaloupe, finely diced, 1/2 cup
  • Seedless grapes, halved, 1/2 cup
Directions
  1. Combine the pudding powder and pineapple in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Fold in the whipped topping, then stir in the remaining fruit and sliced almonds.
  3. Cover and let set for one to two hours. Serve.
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Nutrition Facts
  • Serving size: 1 serving ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Recipe yields: 6 servings
  • Calories: 246
  • Fat: 10 g ††
  • Carbs: 44 g
  • Protein: 4 g

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