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Healthy Product Picks for Grilling Season

Healthy Product Picks for Grilling Season

The following article was written by Heinen’s Chief Dietitian, Melanie Jatsek RD, LD.

School may be out for summer, but you can still earn high marks on your next barbecue by swapping out traditional ingredients for more healthful ones. What’s more, you won’t have to sacrifice taste because these upgraded Fx™-approved ingredients are made from real food, so they are even more flavorful than your longtime favorites!


  • Actual Veggies veggie burgers are 100% plant-based and made with whole foods like broccoli, kale, yellow onion, white bean, parsnip, zucchini, white quinoa, hemp seed and spinach. They’re available in five delicious varieties: Green, Black, Orange, Purple and Truffle.
  • Heinen’s homemade bean-based veggie burgers are full of fiber and taste amazing on top of a leafy green salad.
  • Plainville organic turkey burgers are humanely raised on family farms, fed a vegetarian diet of organic grains and are never given antibiotics, added growth hormones or steroids.
  • Pre beef is a 100% grass-fed and grass-finished ground beef and contains healthy omega-3 fats not found in grain-fed beef.
  • Force of Nature 100% grass fed ground bison comes from bison that have spent their lives grazing on regenerating grasslands. The term “regenerative” means that the agriculture systems in which the food is raised honor the systems within Mother Nature.

*All of the above burgers are located in the Meat Department.



  • Heinen’s organic ketchup contains only 3 grams of added sugar per tablespoon and zero high fructose corn syrup, an unhealthy ingredient in many brands.
  • Noble Made less sugar BBQ sauce is a tasty blend of tomatoes and spices with a natural smoky flavor. Instead of refined sugar, Noble Made sweetens their barbecue sauce with a touch of pineapple!
  • Primal Kitchen buffalo sauce is a creamy, spicy and healthy way to dress up your grilled veggies or burgers.
  • Primal Kitchen marinades are avocado oil-based and super convenient.
  • Chosen Foods avocado oil mayo is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Use in place of traditional mayo when making potato or macaroni salad.
  • Kerrygold grass-fed butter pairs perfectly with sweet corn on the cob and it gives you the benefits of omega-3 fats!

Side Dishes

Here are some of my favorite Fx™-approved picnic side dishes that I know you’ll enjoy too!

Key Takeaway

The Fx™ “food as medicine” mantra can be applied to all types of meals, including summer barbecues. Think about exchanging at least two of the above ingredients at your next picnic or try a lighter side dish to keep things nutritionally balanced. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Melanie Jatsek RD, LD

By Melanie Jatsek RD, LD

Heinen's Chief Dietitian, Melanie Jatsek, RD, LD believes that the answer to a strong, healthy and vibrant body lies within. As a published author with over 20 years of experience in wellness program development, health coaching and professional speaking, Melanie offers expert guidance through Heinen's Club Fx program to help customers take inspired action to build the healthy body they were meant to live in without giving up their favorite foods.

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