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  • 176686507As the summer months are beginning and the thermometers rise, no one wants to suffocate from the heat in the kitchen. Let’s face it, traditional hamburgers, not only get old, but can be high in empty calories (bun, fries, etc).  Try these different, nutrient-dense options at your next outdoor barbeque.

    Fish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa For a refreshing alternative to the tortilla, try using butter or romaine lettuce.

    Grilled Shrimp Skewers: Three ounces of shrimp have only 85 calories and an impressive 18 grams of protein.

    Grilled Veggies: With so many great vegetables abundant in the summer (think zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes), what can be better than bringing out their flavor through grilling? Drizzle them in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side and voila!

    Grilled Peaches: To satisfy your sweet tooth without consuming refined, processed carbohydrates, try this grilled peach recipe that has a light sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon.  For a more natural version, try it with raw honey or raw sugar.

    Grilled Oysters:  This Louisiana staple is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Skip the crackers and just shoot them straight from the shell.  An order of six medium oysters contains only 60 calories and is loaded with iron, B12, phosphorus and zinc.

    Grilled Pork Steak with Zucchini Couscous: Combining the seasonal zucchini with whole wheat couscous accompanies the pork steak perfectly.   Go for grass-fed, organic meat if possible.

    Rebecca Robert, nutrition student at La Tech University and Rebecca Colvin, MPH, RD, LDN

    Article originally appeared in Health and Fitness Magazine: http://www.healthfitnessmag.com/Granolanola/2014/Greats-for-the-Grill/