When you think about grilling out this summer, you most likely think about the gatherings you are having at your home. To get the most out of your grill this summer, however, you should consider mixing up even your weekday meals with some healthier grilled options. Grilling is easily one of the healthiest ways to cook for you and your family.
The first thing that is necessary is to choose the right protein before cooking. The protein can often be the centerpiece of your grilled meal and if you want to be healthy, you need the right protein. The healthiest options for protein include skinless chicken breast, lean ground poultry, and fish. If you are grilling fish, one of the best ways to grill it is by using tin foil “bags” tossed on the grill. This can be filled with veggies and will essentially steam the meat and veggies. You can also make chicken kabobs, with fresh veggies and a healthy but delicious marinade. If you want to grill healthy options for beef or pork, you want to get cuts like round, choice, or loin. These will be the leanest cuts of these other proteins.
Pretty much any vegetable can be grilled on the grill, whether you put it directly on the grill or you use a special grilling basket. Just like how your normal plate should have a variety of colors on it for it to be a healthy, well-rounded meal, this applies to your grilling. Some great vegetables that you can grill include zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, corn, bell peppers, avocado, squash, onions, and potatoes. As for fruits, grilling pineapple, watermelon, and peaches are also delicious choices. These grilled fruits are particularly great for healthy dessert options.
Another way to get the most out of your grill while being healthy is to just let the natural flavors of the grill and food shine through. You can drown your food in various sauces, marinades, rubs, and sugary condiments, but there are a few problems with this. For one thing, this can add calories into your diet without you even realize it. Another problem is that you aren’t able to enjoy those natural flavors and juices that you love when eating grilled meats. Sometimes flavoring meat is just as simple as tossing a little salt and pepper on it or even squeezing a lemon on it.
Grilling outside is one of the best parts of summer. Who doesn’t love great BBQ? You can get the most out of your grill by enjoying this healthier approach to your grilling. Grilled foods can be quite healthy when done right and if they are cared for properly. Be sure that food doesn’t sit out for too long in the heat, especially anything made with mayonnaise as these items can form bacteria and make you and your guests sick. Also, be sure that you clean your grill after each use to avoid burn and bitter old food getting on the food you just put on the grill.