When it comes to eating healthily, grilling is the last thing on your mind. A BBQ is a weekend treat, not something you throw together during the week when you can’t think of anything else. Or is it? Sure, most people see grilling food as naughty but nice, yet the truth is you don’t have to have calories in the bag to enjoy it guilt-free. The key is not over charring the food.
All it takes is a few little tweaks to ensure your barbeque is ready to go, regardless of the day. Do you want to know more? Of course you do! Keep reading for the secrets before healthy grilling.
Start With A Clean Slate
Picture a grill, and you’ll imagine all the charred marks and scorch marks burned onto the metal. That’s where a lot of the flavor comes from, but it’s also where the harmful fats reside. So, when you cook on an uncleaned BBQ, the grease will automatically seep into the meat and veggies. Scouring the grill removes most of the unhealthy elements hiding in plain sight, allowing you to grill without a heavy conscience. If you’re worried about the taste, you can use a smoker or fire to add the scents and flavors without the side-effects.
Another way to inject your food with plenty of deliciousness without the unhealthy consequences is to marinate everything beforehand. Giving the coating a couple of hours to soak in should ensure that you don’t have to compromise on the quality of your dinner! However, it also adds another dimension from a health perspective since marinating food before cooking reduces the number of potential carcinogens while grilling. The key is to keep the coating as low in salt as possible, so you should look for sodium content if you buy bottled marinade.
There’s a temptation to stick with what you know since it’s easy and effective, but changing cuisines and countries can take your grilling session to the next level without any harmful side-effects. For example, South Korea is notorious for its barbequing culture, making it an ideal choice. The dishes aren’t difficult to replicate considering you can find a Korean grocery store online or on the high street. Then, all you need to do is pick a recipe that looks and tastes delicious. A brilliant tip is to grill kimchi because the smokiness elevates humble cabbage and radish into something special!
Red Meat in Moderation
High heat is what makes grilling relatively unhealthy. The process of barbequing food isn’t particularly bad for your body. It’s the burgers, sausages, and steaks that are the real cause for concern when you don’t have them in moderation. Therefore, remove them and you’ve got flavorsome veggies which you can pair with side dishes, such as coleslaw or potato salad. Plus, it’s not as if you can’t have any meat. Chicken is lean, as is turkey, so they are both ideal for grilling, while seafood is full of fatty acids and very little saturated fat.
It doesn’t harm you to grill if you understand how to prepare the apparatus and the food, and what to include on the menu.
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