A Better Way to BBQ

Summer is officially and here it’s BBQ season! Late summer nights, hamburgers grilling, beer is flowing. It all sounds good until you wake up the next day feeling bloated and once again telling yourself that you will start eating better tomorrow, next week or maybe just next season. It doesn’t have to be like this. There is a better way to enjoy the summer and the BBQ. Here are some easy recipes that are perfect for summer BBQ’s and are in line with sticking to your clean eating plan.

Cedar Plank Salmon


1 untreated cedar plank

2 Tbsp. water

¼ cup pure maple syrup

2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)

1 Tbsp olive oil 1 bunch green onions

2½ lbs raw center-cut salmon fillet with skin


1. Soak plank in water for 3 hours before grilling.

2. Bring water, maple syrup, ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and pepper (if desired) to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced to about ½ cup. Let cool.

3. Preheat grill on high.

4. Lightly cover the cedar plank with oil. Arrange green onions in one layer on plank to form a bed for salmon.

5. Place the salmon skin-side down on the cedar plank.

6. Drizzle with half of maple glaze, reserving other half of glaze to serve with grilled salmon.

7. Grill, covered, without turning, for about 20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.

8. Serve salmon with left over maple glaze.

Grilled Watermelon


¼ medium watermelon, rind washed, cut into 1¼-inch thick wedges

1 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. olive oil


1. Place cookie or baking rack over baking pan. Season watermelon with salt. Place on prepared rack. Let watermelon drain for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

2. Preheat grill or broiler on high.

3. Lightly brush watermelon with oil.

4. Grill or broil for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and watermelon softens slightly.

Health and fitness coach, runner and blogger at Montreal Runner Mom, Jennifer’s easy and simple approach to clean eating makes living a healthy lifestyle manageable for busy moms on-the-go. Follow Jennifer to learn how making basic changes in your meal planning can be both delicious and nutritious.