A braai is an excellent way to bring family and friends together. With the sunny seasons upon us, what better excuse to rally up the troops and get braaing? Even though traditional South African braai food can be high in calories, pursuing a healthier lifestyle should not put a damper on the festivities and cheer of a braai. Here are some healthy, yet flavoursome replacements for the braai classics. 

The basting sauce 
A braai is not a braai without the right basting sauce. But many basting sauces can be high in sugar and oil. Try this low-carb & no sugar added DIY BBQ sauce recipe instead.   

The side dishes
You can never go wrong with chakalaka and coleslaw as part of your selection of braai sides. If you ever rethink your entire braai menu, be sure to keep these two. 

Chakalaka: If you’re big on flavour, but would still like to identify your vegetables, this tasty chakalaka recipe is for you.   
Coleslaw: Instead of dressing your coleslaw with traditional mayonnaise, you can try this fresh Greek yoghurt dressing. It will still be creamy and tasty, but lower in calories. 

The drinks
Nothing quenches a thirst quite like a glass of ice cold water. That doesn’t mean we expect you to drink plain water all day long at your braai. Here are some great ideas on how to add flavour to a glass of water and still make it look like a gourmet drink. 

You might also want to read this post for some quick braai tips