7 delicious grilling secrets
Enjoy backyard barbecues as tasty as they are healthy with these tips.
A backyard barbecue can be enjoyed even when you're following a healthy eating plan or trying to lose weight. Although BBQs may make you think of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and ribs, there are plenty of more nutritious alternatives to consider when you fire up the grill. In fact, it's easy to cut out extra calories when grilling because it doesn’t require a lot of added fat or extra sauces to make food taste great.
Here are 7 ways to make your next BBQ healthier:
- Choose low-fat beef, turkey or veggie burgers instead of hamburgers with a high fat content. To add flavor, experiment with seasonings and top with grilled onions, mushrooms or tomatoes. Gotta have cheese? Add a small amount inside the burger instead of smothering cheese on top. You'll enjoy that cheesy taste with less fat.
- Skinless chicken breasts and pork tenderloin are a good alternative to red meat. Grill until cooked through and lightly brush with your sauce of choice at the end.
- Can't imagine a BBQ without sausage? Choose turkey or chicken sausage and you'll still get to enjoy the flavor without the fat. From fiery hot to mildly sweet, you'll find a taste to suit your palate.
- Fish like salmon, tuna and swordfish are great grilling options. Or dust shrimp with dry spices, skewer and grill for just a few minutes.
- Marinades add flavor and tenderize leaner cuts of meat. Experiment with mustard, vinegar, fresh herbs, garlic, fruit juices, teriyaki or soy sauce and hot pepper flakes in addition to a bit of heart-healthy olive oil.
- Vegetables such as corn, eggplant, zucchini, portobello mushrooms and peppers are grill favorites. Coat with a little olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper before tossing on the grill rack.
- Don't forget about dessert when firing up the grill! Pineapple rings, peach halves or watermelon wedges taste great when grilled.