Sizzling Tips for Healthy Summer Grilling
Summer’s arrival for many Floridians means time for more sun, sand and surf, but for others it’s more like just surf n’ turf. Grilling during the summer isn’t just about using the grill that’s been hiding all winter, but about bringing friends and family together for some mouth-watering food. You can still enjoy a good barbeque after getting a Lap Band. The St. Petersburg and Bradenton area will smell fantastic after you try out some of these healthy grilling tips this summer!
Just because you’re grilling more healthily doesn’t mean you have to compromise taste—here are some healthy barbeque tips to help you tweak your grilling techniques without losing flavor.
Substitute Dark Meats for White – Although eating meat in general should be done in moderation, it’s healthier to incorporate more white meat when you grill. White meats such as poultry or pork are still packed with protein, but are a little easier on the digestion system than red meats like filet or burgers.
Although most white meat tends to have less natural flavor than red meats, add zest to your grilling by marinating your meat in healthy ways. Try using healthy ingredients to marinate your poultry like citrus juices, oregano, parsley, wine, tomatoes and a moderate amount of extra virgin olive oil. Remember to reduce risk of contamination by always marinating meat in a container in the fridge instead of on the countertop.
Grill Your Veggies – Veggies normally lack taste when eaten raw but grilling your vegetables will concentrate their natural flavor and give them a richer taste than steaming would. So instead of pairing your chicken with French fries or tater tots this summer, add some grilled veggies to your plate for a healthier alternative. Vegetables can be grilled using foil packets or grilled directly over a flame. When cooking vegetables in foil, incorporate items such as Brussels sprouts, greens, peas and cherry tomatoes for healthier sides that are packed with flavor. Larger vegetables such as green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and squash can be cooked directly over the flame and add tons of flavor to your grilled meals.
Grill Your Fruit – Grilling fruit is different from grilling vegetables, as they only need a little bit of time on the grill. Firm fruits such as apples, pears and mangos are all very tasty when prepared on the grill. Grilling fruit brings out the natural sweetness of your produce and tenderizes the flesh making it a healthier option for dessert instead of unhealthy items like cookies or ice cream.
Grill Your Fish – It seems only natural to grill meats during the summer, but try grilling some fish for added health benefits. Fish can provide you with essential omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart. The most omega-3 rich fishes include salmon, herring and tuna–all of which taste delicious when prepared properly on the grill.
The next time you’re ready to roll out the grill this summer, try some of these simple tweaks for healthier grilling after your weight loss surgery. Remember to consult Dr. Bunch before consuming any new foods that may not fit with your weight loss surgery dietary guidelines.