Barbeques and picnics can be some of the most memorable parts of our summer. Grilling out is an excellent way to keep your healthy-eating commitments by making just a few small adjustments to your hamburgers, hotdogs, mayonnaise-based salads, and desserts. Consider some of the following tips for guiltless grilling this summer:
Marinate leaner cuts of meat for more flavor with less fat. Try skipping the hamburgers and hotdogs, and shop for lean cuts such as bottom round roast, eye of round roast, top round steak, and top sirloin steak. These are all leaner than 95% lean ground beef. A few other options, which are slightly higher in fat and calories but packed with flavor, include flank stank and tri-tip roasts.
Replace excess fat with some creative flavorings! Add different ingredients to your lean beef or turkey burgers such as egg whites with bread crumbs, ground cherry pulp, mashed avocado, or fresh salsas. Additionally, using vegetables and spices are great alternatives to adding flavor without the fat. Include toppings, or fillers, such as chilis, garlic, onions, pepper and rosemary.
What about dessert?! If you’ve never tried grilling fruit for a healthier dessert option, give it a try. The heat causes the sugars to caramelize and brings out the juices in stone fruits, such as peaches, plums, and nectarines. Pineapples, pears, apples, and bananas also are great for grilling.
Stuff Grilled Peach Recipe
- Four large peaches
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- One-half fresh lemon
Wash peaches and cut them in half. Remove the pit and place peach halves on aluminum foil. Spoon 2 tbsp of blueberries into each peach half. Sprinkle 2 tsp of brown sugar on each and squeeze lemon juice over the top. Fold up foil and seal tightly. Place on medium hot grill and cook for about 15 minutes, turning once. Serve and enjoy!