Monthly Health Tips from Bruce's Foods
It's Time to Fire Up the Grill
Summer is approaching fast and many of us are looking forward to heating up the grill. Grilled food looks and tastes fantastic. We are drawn to the smoky flavor, the fun flavors of marinades, the grill lines that form on the food, and the fresh taste that comes from cooking foods over high heat for a short amount of time.
The good news is that grilled food is generally a healthier choice. Unlike fried foods, grilling allows fat to drip off the food as it cooks. This is why it is recommended that when we go out to eat we choose grilled foods over fried foods.
To grill healthy you must first plan to eat healthy. Choose foods that are naturally lower in fat. This includes fish, skinless chicken breast, sirloin steak, but also fruits and veggies. You can make your entire meal on the grill! Start off with chicken marinated in a honey mustard marinade, sweet potato wedges tossed with olive oil, and a combination of peppers, mushrooms, summer squash, and onions drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. End with s’mores made with grilled bananas instead of marshmallows. Those following a vegetarian meal plan may love to try portabella mushroom burgers or grilled black bean and rice stuffed peppers. Are you hosting a party? Make chicken and vegetable teriyaki kabobs or tomato bruschetta.
So why heat up the house when you can step outside and fire up the grill? With the abundance of healthy foods over the summer it’s easy to enjoy the great flavor without the additional calories.
Your Healthy Grilling Guide
This summer think outside the box and grill your entire meal. Here are directions for things we can eat with a grilled meat or fish:
Grill Safely! Use a meat thermometer to cook to a safe temperature. Marinate meats to keep cancer-causing compounds from forming but remember to discard unused marinades. Use separate plates, knives and cutting surfaces when going between raw and cooked foods. Flare-ups from fat dripping are dangerous and may reduce the healthfulness of food. Charred or burned meat should be avoided. Keep a spray bottle nearby to put out fires before they burn the meat.
Mary Jo Brunner, MS RD CD
Please note: The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any particular illness or condition, nor is it intended to support any particular product or service. You should always consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your healthcare routine.
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