Did you know that July is National Grilling Month? It’s a good time to celebrate because summer is full of those family barbecues complete with your standard grilled foods (i.e. hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.) Cooking food on a grill provides the opportunity to infuse some really great flavors into your foods. You can also find some great alternatives for your standard foods. We are sharing some simple tips for healthy grilling below:
- Start with a salad – We’re not grilling our salad, but we are sharing some ideas for healthy salad dressings, because what better way to start out your healthy meal than with a bowl full of greens?
- Choose Lean Proteins – Use ground turkey for your burgers, lean chicken breasts (without the skin) or a tasty salmon or tilapia for the main dish. Trim off any visible fat before grilling and encourage smaller servings by grilling meat in smaller portions. For more flavor, brush with a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil, herbs, citrus, and pepper!
- Grill those Veggies – Vegetables taste great on the grill! For a yummy side, load up some colorful peppers, onions, mushrooms, summer squash, and zucchini on a skewer, coat with a little extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with some pepper for great taste. Corn on the cob is also very flavorful when cooked on the grill.
- Sweet Tooth – Discover enhanced flavor and sweetness when you consider grilling fruit for your dessert! Pineapple, apples, bananas and peaches are all great options to try on the grill.
Make sure to consider food safety when grilling outdoors! In fact, here are some grilling tips from the United States Department of Agriculture that we found to be helpful. Be safe and enjoy!
What are your favorite things to grill in the summertime?