Summer is here, and with it comes barbeque season. While there are plenty of healthy eating pitfalls to avoid at a cookout (hold the fatty hot dogs, potato salad and chips, please!) firing up the grill doesn’t have to be one of them.
Cut fat, not flavor!
Grilling is a great way to prepare flavorful foods without a lot of extra cooking fat or carb-loaded batter. In fact, much of the fat that’s in your meat melts and drains away in the grilling process.
Don’t forget the sides!
Many fruits and vegetables are delicious when grilled. Throw a few on with your entree, or go vegetarian for the whole meal!
Make food fun again.
Grilling lets you step away from the kitchen and enjoy a little break from your routine. Not only do you get to spend time outside, but you’ll also have a quicker cleanup afterward! That fun factor can help keep you motivated to cook at home instead of splurging on takeout or other, less healthful convenience foods.
Wait! Doesn’t grilling cause cancer?
Any high-temperature cooking method, including grilling and pan frying, can burn animal fats and produce compounds linked to cancer. However, there are things you can do to minimize the risk:
- Choose lean meats and trim away any excess fat you can.
- Grill fish instead of poultry, pork or beef.
- Reduce cooking times by using thinner cuts of meat or by pre-cooking them in the oven or microwave. Kebabs are a delicious, quick-cooking option!
- Turn your meat frequently to avoid scorching.
- Discard charred pieces.
- Marinade! Select a low-fat, low-carb option to add flavor and some extra moisture that can help prevent charring. Even better: make your own!
- Use a drip pan to catch meat juices.
- Clean the grill between uses to prevent buildup.
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