Healthy Barbecuing


Summer is synonymous with grilling for many families. The temperature is rising, it stays light longer and people prefer staying outdoors. There are many reasons for a barbecue dinner. But before you dust off the grill, here are a few tips for healthy barbecuing.

Grilled veggies
Tough vegetables like squash, asparagus, zucchini and pearl onions can taste better when grilled, rather than roasted or fried. Sprinkle your veggies with some olive oil, salt and pepper and grill. Dried herbs can be added as seasoning, and you can also marinate with lemon juice or crushed garlic.

Grilled fish
Fish is very tasty when grilled and it contains a lot of omega 3 fatty acids. Marinate the fish with olive oil, salt, pepper and crushed garlic, and season with some fresh herbs, then keep aside for an hour or two and marinate.

Grilled lean meat
Everybody knows that marinades make the food tastier and is a key to healthy barbecuing. Acidic marinates makes the tough meat soft, tender and tastier. Use Soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, red pepper, lime juice, etc, as marinades.

10 Healthy Ideas for a Lean Barbecue Season

1.    Bold ingredients add great flavor to grilling sauces and marinades like Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, tomato paste, Soya sauce and molasses.
2.    One easy way to marinate fish, meat or vegetables, is to place them inside a sealable plastic bag. The flavor is retained and they don’t stick on the grill.
3.    Adding a little sweetness to the marinating sauce is good. It adds flavors and balances bold spices.
4.    Grilling vegetables is easier, tastier and healthier.
5.    When grilling chicken, take the skin off completely.
6.    Use the leanest pieces of meat and cut off any fat before cooking.
7.    Encourage eating smaller portions by grilling meat in smaller portions.
8.    When grilling the meat use lower-fat marinades.
9.    Too much grilled food can lead to cancer. It is not what you grill, but how often you grill that is important.
10.    Say no to processed meat.

Barbecuing is fun and grilled meat or vegetables are very tasty, but follow the suggestions given above to make your barbecue a healthy barbecue.

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