Temperatures are starting to rise. That means it’s time to fire up your grill and begin eating healthy. Follow these simple steps for a savory, satisfying and healthy grilling season:
Marinate your meat. Research has shown that marinating meat prior to grilling can greatly reduce carcinogens. Plus, the right marinade can add great flavor profiles to your main dish. With the right marinade, you’ll also resist the urge to add extra salt to your meat.
Clean your grill. Before and after cooking, give your grill a good scrub to minimize carcinogens and keep your food tasting fresh.
Know when to flip. Give the meat a gentle tug before flipping. If the meat stays together, it’s ready to turn.
Gas vs. charcoal. There are no definitive studies that shows which is healthier, so it really depends on your own personal tastes. Charcoal does create that classic grilled/smoky flavor, but it can lead to charring of the meat. Gas grills often cook faster and are cleaner burning. The choice is yours.
Use a grill basket. It’s an affordable way to get the most from your grill. These make it easier to cook favorite vegetables, fish, tofu and fruits.
Take fish to another level of flavor. Replace grilling staples chicken and beef with healthy fillets of salmon, trout or herring. Use a citrus-based marinade and pair your fish with fresh asparagus or spicy new potatoes.
Don’t forget the fruit. Try pineapple slices, nectarines, peaches or plums – the natural sugars caramelize with the heat and add great flavor. Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber – and they’re low in calories.