Nothing says summer better than a backyard BBQ with family and friends! Between the warm summer nights filled with lots of laughs and fruity drinks with the umbrellas, it really doesn’t get any better. But instead of loading your guests up with calories and fattening foods, try some of these healthier cookout options instead.

Grilled Chicken Peach and Avocado Salad: If you’re getting bored with your regular salads, it’s time to give this chicken and peach perfection a try! Packed with protein and healthy fat, this salad is as yummy as it is healthy! Click here for the recipe.

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Cajun Shrimp Skewers: Time to throw the shrimp on the barbie! Between the popping flavors of the Cajun spices, to the sweet tasting veggies, this is a BBQ must-have. Click here for the recipe.

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Copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa: If you’re in need of a great salsa recipe, this copycat chipotle corn salsa certainly packs a punch. Bursting with flavor in every bite, it’s time to grab some chips and dig in! Click here for the recipe.

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Red, White, and Blue Trifle: If you’re on dessert duty for the backyard BBQ, we’ve got you covered. This light and delicious trifle is packed with fruity flavor in every bite and will have your guests lining up for seconds! Click here for the recipe.

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Skinny Pasta Salad: Taking less than 15 minutes from start to finish, this quick dish is perfect for a last-minute get together. And don’t worry, it will definitely be a huge hit with family and friends. Click here for the recipe.

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Skinny Mini Burgers: Fire up that grill because these burgers are the perfect dish for a backyard BBQ! With all of the flavors of summer packed into each bite, these little burgers are certain to be a BBQ hit! Click here for the recipe.

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Fresh Cranberry Margarita: Can you think of any better way to offset the long, steamy afternoons ahead of us than slowly sipping on an ice cold, fruity margarita? Yeah, neither can we. This drink is packed full of oranges, limes and tangy cranberries, so gather up your girlfriends and enjoy! (via Cookie and Kate)

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So fire up the grill, set the table and grab your guests. With so many delicious and healthy choices, we’ll be surprised if you can stop at just one.