5 Tips for Healthy Grilling

5 Tips for Healthy Grilling

Pick Your Protein

Believe it or not, fat can actually a good thing! Protein that’s too lean will just dry out. Choose protein that’s full of healthy fats like fish and chicken. Wrap some wild salmon in foil or make chicken kebabs. If you opt for beef or pork, opt for grass fed loin or round cuts. 

Choose Whole Grains

If you’re grilling up burgers, choose whole grain buns that’ll give your meal extra fiber. If you want to skip the bread entirely, you could also use a large leaf of lettuce for a burger type wrap.

Give it Some Flavor

Healthy, grilled food doesn’t have to be bland or boring. In addition to that nice smokey flavor you get from a charcoal grill, you can also marinate your meat and veggies or rub herbs and spices on them for added flavor and nutrition.

Marinate overnight in a simple white or apple cider vinegar, low sodium soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and extra virgin olive oil mixture. Or, rub on chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, rosemary, or parsley. Want to make things even easier? Try a premade Italian salad dressing and marinate in the fridge overnight.

Mind Your Portions

Barbecue style often encourages snacking as meat comes off the grill. This makes it difficult to monitor how much you eat before it’s too late! A good portion size can vary from person to person, but the typical recommendation is 3-6 ounces of meat. Fill up the rest of your plate with grilled vegetables like summer squash, zucchini, bell peppers – the list goes on and on!

Don’t Forget Your Veggies and Sides

Corn on the cobb, avocado, tomatoes, asparagus, and potatoes are all great summer vegetables to incorporate alongside your protein. Grill them up alongside your meat or If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes, here’s a list of things to do with all those summer tomatoes. Hint: Our personal favorite is the first one on the list – a refreshing, chilled tomato salad.

You can also make a potato salad – a classic, summer favorite! Replace traditional mayo with this one or use plain Greek yogurt (you and your guests won’t even know the difference). Here’s a dill infused potato salad recipe that’ll be sure to be a big hit.  

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