Use these healthy grilling tips to feel good about grilling all summer long!
- Use marinades for healthy grilling and to cut carcinogenic effects of grilling.
- Marinades with olive oil and citrus can reduce carcinogenic grilling effects by 98%.
- No need to stick to just meats—grilled veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper are delicious.
- Don’t forget corn on the grill—it should be soaked for about 30 minutes in the husk.
- Try kebabs with lean meat and veggies on skewers (soak wooden skewers prior to grilling)—these cook quickly because of the smaller meat pieces.
- Use lean meats, fish or vegetarian proteins like salmon, tuna, chicken, ground turkey burgers, soy burgers, tofu dogs or Portobello mushrooms.
- Trim fat off meat.
- Grilling fish in foil packets with some liquid (like wine, water or lemon juice) is an easy way to cook and serve.
- A new trend in the past few years is grilling fruit, such as peaches, pineapples and pears—a healthy and delicious BBQ alternative.
- Keep gas jets low or wait until the charcoal turns into glowing embers before you start cooking to reduce carcinogens.
- Scrape off charred bits.
- Keep your grill clean.
Dr. Liz Applegate, PhD is Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, Nugget Market, Inc.’s nutrition consultant and a nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness. Dr. Applegate is the author of several nutrition and fitness books in addition to the popular “Fridge Wisdom” nutrition column for Runners’ World Magazine for the past 30 years and Nugget Market, Inc.’s “Health Notes by Dr. Liz” for the past 9 years.