With summer just around the corner, many people are looking forward to grilling and barbecuing outdoors with friends and family. But while there’s nothing more satisfying than a great-tasting meal, you don’t want to sacrifice your health for good taste. We want to share with you some of our top tips for healthy grilling and barbecuing.
Pick the Perfect Protein.
When it comes to picking out your protein, opt for leaner cuts such as chicken breasts, turkey burgers, or fish like salmon or tuna. If you do choose beef or pork, look for cuts labeled “loin” or “round” as these tend to be leaner than other choices. Trim away any visible fat from the cut of meat before putting it on the grill. This will help reduce saturated fat in your meal.
Give It a Soak or Rub.
Marinating your meats before cooking them can add flavor without extra calories and saturated fat while also making them more tender and juicy when they come off the grill. You can also impart extra flavor by rubbing herbs like garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil onto meats before grilling them.
Just About All Your Favorite Colorful Fruits and Veggies Can Be Grilled!
From asparagus spears to bell peppers to zucchini slices—grilling is a great way to bring out natural sweetness in veggies while adding a subtle smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled proteins like steak or pork chops. Don't forget about fruit either—pineapple slices grilled over medium heat caramelize nicely and make an excellent side dish or dessert option!
Choose Healthier Sides.
Instead of traditional sides like french fries or potato chips that are high in calories and saturated fat, try lighter options like grilled corn on the cob topped with a bit of butter and salt, roasted sweet potatoes seasoned with olive oil and cinnamon, or couscous cooked in vegetable broth instead of butter. These all make great accompaniments to your grilled protein! For those who need something bready with their meal but don't want white flour based buns—go ahead and opt for 100% whole wheat buns instead!
Grilling is one of the most popular forms of outdoor cooking in America because it's so easy (not to mention delicious!). By following our top tips for healthy grilling and barbecuing this summer—you can enjoy flavorful meals without sacrificing on taste OR nutrition! Enjoy responsibly!