Grilled food often offers a healthier dining option than other choices, such as frying. Even so, there definitely ways to add unnecessary calories to grilled meals. If you’re planning a cookout this summer, follow these tips to keep your fare healthy, balanced, and appropriate for your weight loss plan.
Make your own marinades. Some bottled marinades are high in sugar or other suspicious ingredients. Make your own marinades with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, oils, honey, and herbs or spices.
Choose heart-healthy oils. Avocado or olive oils contain the monounsaturated fats that are so good for your heart. Of course, calories are still calories, so take it easy: Lightly brush each piece of meat with the oil. A small amount will prevent sticking, and add a touch of delicious flavor.
Watch your portions. A serving of meat should be about the same size as a deck of playing cards. Then fill the rest of your plate with fruits and veggies.
Choose lean meats. Choose chicken, fish, ground turkey, or beef that is 90 percent lean or above. Avoid hot dogs and sausages, which are higher in fats and also contain high levels of sodium.
Avoid creamy sauces. Sauces based in mayonnaise or sour cream can be packed with fat and calories. Sub in Greek yogurt if you want to use a recipe that calls for those ingredients. And yes, it works in coleslaw and potato salad!
Add avocado to burgers instead of mayo; it’s delicious, and much better for you.
Grill your fruits and veggies, too. The grill isn’t just for meat! Brush veggie skewers with lemon juice, a touch of your oil, salt, and herbs like parsley or cilantro, and then grill to create a delicious, nutritious side item. Or, try peaches, watermelon, pears, or pineapple on the grill. You’ll be surprised at how the fire carmelizes their sugars to create a unique treat.
Don’t forget your greens. Grilled meat is also delicious over salad. So stock up on that organic spring mix for a simple, perfect summer meal.
Grilled meats provide the perfect way to fulfill your protein requirements. If you need additional help with your weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We can provide the expert advice and compassionate support that you need to reach your goals.