Healthy Grilling

How to Have a Healthy Grilling Season

Grilling is one of the best parts of summer. Cookouts are a great way for friends and family to get together. However, too often, grilling out means unhealthy food choices. Don’t let the next summer BBQ you attend ruin your diet.


10 Ways to Have a Healthy Cookout:

  1. Choose healthier meats. Opt for fish, skinless chicken breasts, and lean ground poultry. Marinate fish in foil, make chicken kebabs or turkey or salmon burgers.
  2. Use a meat thermometer. This will help to avoid under cooking or over cooking your meat
  3. Watch your portions. 3 ounces is a healthy portion of any type of meat and portions should not be more than 6 ounces.
  4. Add flavor. Marinate or rub spices on poultry, fish, and meat to add flavor.
  5. Incorporate veggies. Brush veggies with a healthy oil, like olive oil, to add color and flavor to your meal. Asparagus, avocado, bell peppers, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, squash, and zucchini are all good grilling choices.
  6. Skip the chips. Opt for raw veggies with hummus instead.
  7. Choose healthy sides. Pasta salads are delicious but usually packed with mayo. Make a healthier option like fruit salad, broccoli salad, or a corn salad.
  8. Swap in avocado. Use avocado on your burgers instead of mayo and use whole grain buns.
  9. Grill your dessert. Grilled pineapples, peaches and plums make a simple and healthy dessert.
  10. Keep it clean. Make sure to scrub down the rack or grill pan after each use. This will prevent burning, smoking and bitter flavors the next time you grill.


Click here for a recipe to make for your next summer cookout!