Do you want to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle? Then grill your food! Cooking your food on the grill is generally healthier than cooking it on the stovetop or in the oven, but there are many other ways you can use the grill to make your food even more nutritious.
Follow these effective healthy grilling tips to kickstart your new lifestyle!
Choose the right protein
Now it’s time to choose leaner, healthier cuts of meat! Instead of your usual high-fat meats, opt for healthier alternatives such as chicken breasts, skinless chicken and fish, lean ground beef, etc. If you grill it right, no one will miss red meat!
While red meat is okay from time to time, keep in mind that it’s higher in saturated fat. If using pork or beef, choose loin or round cuts. Opt for Choice or Select classes instead of Prime class.
Make a delicious rub or marinade
When you use natural herbs and spices to create a rub or marinade, you add amazing flavor to your protein without having to use and consume too much salt. For every pound of food, you’ll need about 1 tablespoon of spice rub or 1/2 cup of marinade.
Just remember not to use any herbs or spices after they touch raw meat!
Portion your food
Did you know that 3 oz is the healthy serving size for all meats? It’s up to you to have more, but definitely don’t go over 6 ounces. Don’t forget, you still have side dishes and delicious grilled fruit or vegetables to enjoy!
Opt for healthier side dishes
It’s a good time to ditch your usual store-bought BBQ side dishes like macaroni salad, potato salad, baked beans, or coleslaw — they’re high in added sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. Instead, prepare healthier, homemade versions.
Add lots of color and nutrition to your menu and use fresh fruits and vegetables as side dishes. Make colorful fruit or vegetable skewers or a colorful bean salad. The possibilities are endless!
Use whole wheat rolls or bread
Planning to grill hot dogs or burgers? Opt for whole-grain rolls and breads—they provide more fiber, flavor, and texture. You can also opt for an open-faced burger or a lettuce wrap if you’re watching your calorie intake.
Follow these effective healthy grilling tips for more nutritious grilling and eating from now on!
Thanks to Adrian T. Cheng