We are approaching the unofficial start of summer as we coast into the Memorial Day weekend. Family Food wishes all a happy and healthy weekend and a special salute to those who put their lives on the line to protect our country.

Here are some tips to help you out as you prep for your cookouts this summer.

Sweeten your cookouts by grilling some fruit.

Be sure to practice food safety!

Grilling vegetables is a fantastic way to enjoy them. Try some asparagus!

Water is important to our health for so many different reasons. How much are you drinking? Try some fruit infused water at your cookout.

Black bean burgers make an easy, tasty, heart-healthy option. These are also great to make a head of time and keep in the freezer to have on hand for your vegetarian guests.

Going on vacation and trying to maintain your goals? Keep these tips in mind.