How to Make Your Next Grill Out Healthy
Summertime is here which means days at the pool, weekends at the lake and plenty of outdoor activities to fill your time. Warm weather also means grilling season is officially here. According to the 24th Annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, 25% of people are grilling to be healthier.
What’s next on your summer party menu? The traditional hamburgers, potato salad, and chips? These foods are high in calories and fat. Not to mention the potential for food safety concerns from a potato salad being left out for too long. Want to try a mouthwatering menu that’s nutritious and flavorful? Here are some tips to try:
- Using rubs and marinades are a great way to infuse flavor without adding too many extra calories. Try adding a Caribbean jerk rub or citrus juice to chicken for a new flavor.
- Buy whole grain buns, rolls and pasta to increase the fiber and protein in your grains.
- Mix up your cooking methods and never get bored with vegetables. Try them raw, grilled, roasted or baked. Try herb infused oils and low-fat Greek yogurt dip to pump up the flavor.
- Don’t forget about dessert! Grilled peaches or bananas pair well with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. A campfire works well too!
Fruits and vegetables are at their peak nutritional value and taste. Go to your local farmer’s market or food stand and try something unfamiliar. Most vendors will give you a free sample!
Summer parties can be healthy and delicious with a little planning. Try to offer something from each of the food groups and don’t forget to put items back in the refrigerator after two hours for food safety!
If you’re looking for a new recipe to try, consider this grilled banana dessert from Betty Crocker.
Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE is a clinical dietitian at CHI Health, working in Oncology and Functional nutrition. Ellen helps patients improve nutrition habits during cancer treatment and beyond. She is a group fitness instructor at the CHI Health Lakeside Wellness Center and enjoys helping people of all fitness abilities be active. Ellen is passionate about helping patients improve their lives through nutrition, activity and stress management.