One of my favorite past-times during the summer is outdoor parties and grilling. While I love raw food, let’s get realistic—not everyone can or should stick to one dietary theory 100-percent of the time. Besides, sometimes you just want to light up that grill!

If you are like me—and want to indulge guilt-free, without harming your body with heavily processed animal proteins—then check out my top Z-tips for the best plant-based hot dogs, veggies burgers and potato chips.

Tofurky hot dogs: These are great, non-GMO hot dogs that are bursting with flavor.Because they are plant-based and have zero cholesterol, you can rest assured that you won’t be compromising your heart health. Your taste buds, however, will thank you for the delicious treat. Try the Beer Brats Gourmet Sausages; they sizzle on the grill! Visit the Tofurky site for all their products.

Amy’s vegan burgers: For those who want to avoid gluten, dairy and soy, I recommend Amy’s Sonoma Burger. It is one of the lightest burgers on the market and has a very mild taste, which can be accented with pickles, ketchup, mayo, mustard and any other fixings. If you don’t have allergies, try the All-American Burger. My favorite way to have this burger is with melted Daiya cheese, avocado, sprouts, pickles, tomato and lettuce, all placed on a toasted Ezekiel bun.

Daiya cheese for melting: I have covered this cheese before as my favorite alternative to shredded cheese, but now we’re talking cheese slices. If you haven’t tried this dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free cheese, then check out their cheddar variety, which can be purchased in small blocks.

Ezekiel buns: Did you know that bread made with sprouted grains is easier to digest and assimilate than conventional breads? When you indulge in Ezekiel bread, you will get the satisfaction from eating bread, but your body won’t have to work as hard to digest it. You also will gain extra protein, fiber and minerals that can only be found in unprocessed grains. Make sure to toast this bread before eating it.

Sweet potato chips: Terra Sweet Potato Chips come in six different varieties and deliver that crispy crunch that only a potato chip can provide. However, unlike white potato chips, these contain extra minerals and fiber. Don’t tell the kids these chips are good for them; what they don’t know won’t hurt them!

About Alina Z.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at, or follow her on Facebook ( or Twitter (@FabulousFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at