Healthier grilling tips are here!
One of the healthiest ways to cook is grilling. Not only is it flavorful, but it uses less fats and oils to cook your food.
To help you make it even healthier, let’s look at four tips for healthier grilling.
#1: Make Veggies the Star
Summertime is perfect for grilling veggies. Pluck them right out of your garden, or stop by your local farmers market for the freshest produce.
Then, skewer them, and you’ve got a colorful stick of kababs.
You can also skewer them in between pieces of lean meat or chicken – think red, green and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and squash.
Go a little wild and add some fruit to your kababs – pineapple, mango and pineapple.
#2: Trim Your Meat
For the healthiest grilling, you want to get rid of all the fat.
So, trim your meat. Get rid of the skin on your chicken, and trim any signs of fat from your meat.
Marinate your meat, fish and chicken for extra flavor. When doing so, watch your oil content to cut down on fat.
Think vinegar, lemon, honey, sugar, spice, barbecue and other thin sauces as well as dry spices.
#3: Cook Quickly
You can precook your meat for about 60 -90 seconds in the microwave. Drain the juices, and then put the meat on the grill.
This means less juice drips on your heat source and less chemicals on your meat.
You also don’t want to grill frozen meat or overcook your meats for the healthiest food.
#4: Watch the Smoke
You don’t want unnecessary smoke on your grill. Some of the causes of excess smoke happen when people smash their burgers on the grill.
Other tips include frequently flipping items like burgers to keep juices from dripping to the heat surface, which means less smoke. Also, try to keep your food about six inches from the heat source if possible and grill fish and chicken on aluminum foil.
#5: Cook to 160°
E.coli is bad bacteria, and to kill it, you want to cook beef to 160 degrees. You also want to flip your burgers about every 30 seconds as this has also been shown to reduce E.
Final Thoughts on Healthier Grilling
You know that grilled food is healthier than fried food. But you do have to be careful when it comes to oils and other fats.
Choose lean meat, veggies, and fruits, and you’re on your way to healthier grilling. Marinate or use rubs that are lower in sugar as well and try not to use as much oil!
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