Grilled to Perfection

 

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When it comes to summer-fun, grilling is usually involved. While we might immediately think of frozen patties and hotdogs, there are plenty of ways to impress your guests with healthy, backyard-style, grilled recipes. Don’t torch your cookout from the start—let’s chat and chew about grilling tips to help turn up the heat this summer!

The main course:

  • Grilled fish is a healthier alternative to red meat and chicken. Salmon, trout and herring are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • When it comes to red meat and pork, stick to “loin” and “round” cuts. Decrease your fat intake even further by sticking with “choice” and “select” grades of beef rather than “prime”.
  • Use a rack to help the fat drip away from the food.
  • When it comes to chicken, legs and thighs hold their moisture better, increasing their flavor.
  • Besides adding great flavors, marinades can actually reduce grilled meat’s production of certain cancer-causing chemicals by as much as 70 percent, according to a review in Natural Medicine Journal.

Don’t forget to give your sideline items some attention:

  • Green leafy salads are great alternatives to mayo-based salads. Mix up your menu with one of these healthy salad recipes from Cooking Light.
  • Balance out your beefy options with fruits and vegetables. Not only are they high in fiber and low in calories, you don’t have to worry about whether or not they are over- or undercooked. Try healthy additions such as asparagus, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers (bell or hot), pineapple or onions.
  • Skip the chips and enjoy raw veggies instead. They provide the same satisfying crunch as potato chips, but without all the fat, calories and preservatives.

While you’ve probably already dusted off the grill this summer, it’s never too late to start incorporating healthier tips into your backyard barbeque. Keep things light this summer with good food, great company and grilled-inspired recipes!

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