The sun is bright and the kids are at home, so it’s about that time to fire up the grill. A good cookout is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of heavy food. Fortunately, there are ways that you can make your summer cookout into a healthier affair. Here are some healthy grilling tips for the summer.
Choosing What You Grill
It’s easy to think of hot dogs, burgers, and steaks when you think about grilling, but it doesn’t hurt to try something a little different. Grilling chicken and fish can lead to healthier entrees than your typical red meat options. If you end up going with red meat, try to pick out cuts of meat with a lower fat content to make your cookout a little healthier.
Remember, meat isn’t the only food that you can grill. Veggies like asparagus, mushrooms, or zucchini can make for a great grilled treat. You can even try grilling fruits like pineapple. The natural sugars of the fruit will caramelize on the grill and provide some interesting flavors to go along with the rest of your cookout meal.
Smart Seasoning for Healthy Flavor
Marinades and rubs can be your best friends when you want more flavor. Even a little extra seasoning like red pepper flakes or minced garlic can add a whole new dimension on a familiar cut of meat.
A good marinade can be made a day in advance so that you can have the meat sit in and absorb flavor overnight. However, make sure that you avoid using too much salt or high-sodium condiments like soy sauce. Herbs such as rosemary have a ton of natural flavor without the downsides.
Healthy Drinks and Sides
Not everything is going to end up on the grill during a cookout. Drinks and sides are an integral part of your meal, but they don’t have to hit you right in the waistline.
Sides are a great way to add some extra nutrients – and a little color – to your meal. Make a nice leafy green salad or a mixed fruit salad to introduce some fresh produce to your cookout.
Preventing Illnesses Through Healthy Eating Habits
A healthy cookout is just one step toward better eating habits. A Cleveland dietitian can help you address medical issues by promoting healthy eating habits and diet modifications. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment to go over your diet today.
Julie Wise, R.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.