Take the time this year to master your skills on your BBQ grill. It really doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, cooking on the grill becomes an adventure. In the heat of the summer or the arctic cold of the winter, cooking with friends on the grill allows for time to share stories and enjoy life.

A BONUS to grilling is that it is one of the healthiest ways to cook! We suggest the following to help you enjoy your grilling season for the experience and the health benefits:

 

1.      Pick your most favorite.

Whether you caught it yourself at the lake or in the River, or if you caught it at the local market, Fish is one of the healthiest foods and one of the easiest to grill. Skinless chicken breast and ground chicken or turkey are also very healthy and provide you with a variety of great recipes that are all healthy and delicious and help you make healthier choices. The exciting part is that the good fats in fish t actually have health benefits. If you take the time to master grilling fish, your guests won’t even miss the red meat, which usually has more of the unhealthy saturated fat.  It’s fun and easy to do, we suggest that you wrap marinated fish fillets in foil, or create exciting and colorful chicken kebabs, or make more mouthwatering turkey burgers by mixing your favorite vegetable or mushrooms or other ingredient like olives or cheeses into the patties. If you do choose meat, get “loin” or “round” cuts and “choice” or “select” grades of beef instead of “prime.” It is much healthier!

 

2.      Size your portions and add the extras.

A healthy portion of any type of meat is about 4 to 6 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards, and definitely no more than 6-8 ounces. If that sounds small, just remember all the delicious grilled veggies and side dishes that will be keeping it company on your plate! By presenting a well-rounded meal, the entre does not have to be a huge brontosaurus rib!!

 

3.      Color your world.

Every one of your favorite colorful fruits and veggies can be grilled, alone or in kebabs, giving them delicious flavor. The trick is to cut them into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. Brush with a healthy oil to prevent sticking or use a grill basket to keep them out of the line of fire. Some favorites include asparagus, avocado, bell peppers, corn, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, squash and zucchini, Pineapple, apples, lemons and limes, be creative, remember grilling is an adventure!

 

4.      Pass by the standard side strike out on your own!

Traditional items from your local deli  like standard baked beans, mayonnaise filled macaroni salad, cole slaw, or a variety of potato salads – You really don’t need to use those! Become health conscious, lose the saturated fat, extra sodium and all the bad sugars – and create a fun and healthy personal recipe.  Or change it up and do a colorful fruit salad or garden salad with fruits and nuts and veggies and your choice of balsamic oils.

 

5.      Go bun-less.

Go bun-less, use a wide leaf lettuce as your bun or wrap and experience the meat you have grilled in a whole new way. If you must use bread, whole-grains are healthy  and have lots of fiber and a variety of flavors.