Tons of BBQ and Grilling Fun!It’s June, and officially summertime. The month of June brings tons of BBQ and grilling fun, as well as a celebration of all our fathers. This month I’m going to teach you how to enjoy a healthy, yummy BBQ as well as celebrate your old man in a healthy form. There are many myths that BBQ’s are unhealthy, well, I am here to give you all the tips to make your grilling this summer healthy and delicious. Keep reading for tips to healthy grilling.
- In order to execute grilling in a healthy form, you need a healthy cut of meat. It is a complete myth that red meat is bad for you. It’s good for your health to eat one steak a week; it gives your body much needed iron and is full of protein. Just make sure the cut is lean. Skirt steak and filet minion are the best forms. As far as chicken, yes, chicken breast is always best over dark meat, and turkey burgers are delicious — especially since you can get the cut 99% fat free. Most of the time you won’t even be able to notice the difference in the lean cuts compared to the fattening cuts. Try it once, and you’ll be hooked.
- Rule for healthy grilling is the sauce. Stay away from marinades and dressings full of butter. When using butter and heavy cream sauces, it adds too much artery clogging fat. Always opt for healthy, good fat, like olive oil. Drizzle your fresh veggies and meat in olive oil with a pinch of pepper and grill away. You will have no guilt eating this healthy, delicious meal.
- Remember to hydrate and put your sunblock on. Most of us go into a BBQ ready to indulge and drink away our calories. One rule of thumb I live by is for every alcoholic drink, I have a serving of water. This will not only keep you hydrated, but will also fill your stomach up so you will drink less and not get too intoxicated. While you are enjoying your food and drinks always also remember to apply sunblock to avoid a burn. Protect your skin from harmful rays and take all the precautions in preventing melanoma.
The month of June brings fun in the sun. Enjoy your grilling the healthy way by eating a lean cut of meat, using a healthy olive oil instead of butter and fatty marinades, and drinking lots of water to fill you up and keep you hydrated. Celebrate this Father’s Day by taking your dad out on an activity to create movement in your bodies. A few examples would be: going to a sporting event, taking him on a fishing trip, or even enjoying a nice hike.May you all have a healthy, wonderful June! xoxo Michelle