Simple swaps for a healthier barbecue
Savor the tastes you love off the grill while eating healthy with these ideas.
Just because you're having a barbecue doesn't mean you have to prepare high-calorie, high-fat foods. In fact, it's easy to eat healthy when you're firing up the grill because this cooking method doesn't require a lot of fat or extra sauces to make food taste great.
Here are some tips to make your next BBQ healthier:
- Choose low-fat beef, turkey or veggie burgers instead of hamburgers with a high fat content. They won't drip down your arm when you eat them but they'll still taste great. To add flavor, 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 still enjoy that cheesy taste without so much 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 recognize 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.