Healthful Summer Grilling

Summer cookouts can be a major staple of the warmer months! Grilling can be one of the easiest and enjoyable ways to include more veggies, fruits and lean meats in your diet.

Safety and grilling: Have you ever heard that grilling can cause cancer? The answer may be true – grilling at high temperatures can cause an increase in carcinogen production. This is evident by the char-grilling of the meats. A ways to decrease this production is to pre-cook meats in the microwave or oven in order to prevent long grilling times. Also, include many antioxidant rich fruits and veggies with each meal! If you cook on a layer of aluminum foil, this can decrease the risk.


Think outside of the bun when it comes to summer grilling – lean burgers or turkey burgers are good, but this year let’s get creative! J

  • Marinate your chicken or fish with unique seasonings. You can use olive oil and water as a base for marinates and just use less seasoning if you are purchasing a high sodium content packet of seasonings.
  • Use less red meat – try to use more chicken, fish or turkey breast!
  • Grill potatoes in a foil packet with olive oil and seasonings.
  • Grill kabobs with veggies, lean meat and onions!
  • Zucchini is good grilled on an aluminum foil with olive oil and low sodium tomato sauce.
  • Grill fruits for dessert – pineapple is really good. Top with low fat frozen yogurt.


Flavors are seared in really well in a foil packet. Spray the foil with non-stick spray or coat with olive oil. Add lean protein, veggies and seasonings! Cook on the grill for added flavor. Potatoes, veggies and fish are particularly delicious this way! J

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Posted by on May 20, 2013. Filed under Nutrition,Weight Loss. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry