Healthy Grilling

Summer is a great time to fire up the grill, enjoy the sunshine and long summer days with friends and family. Usually when we grill, we prepare the classic hamburgers, hotdogs, bbq chicken and ribs. However, there is a lot more you can put on a grill for a healthy delicious meal. Here are some tips for healthy grilling:

Grill Fruit: Consider grilling peaches, pineapple, berries and even watermelon for a unique smoky flavor. Pair peaches and pineapples with chicken breast or lean pork on a skewer. Drizzle a yogurt sauce over grilled fruit and enjoy for dessert. When grilling fruit, lightly coat it in oil to keep it from sticking to the grill.

Grill Veggies: Veggies such as bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, and eggplant taste excellent grilled. Simply toss the veggies in oil, herbs and spices and place on a hot grill. Consider threading veggies onto a skewer for mixed veggie kabobs. Grilled veggies taste good, are good for you and add a splash of color to your plate.

Don’t forget to practice food safety when grilling to prevent food poisoning. Keep raw and cooked foods separate. Use separate utensils for raw and cooked meats as germs from raw meat can spread to cooked foods through utensils. Finally, use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the foods to determine if a meat is cooked to safe temperature. Using color to judge the doneness of meat can be deceptive. Grill foods to the following temperature:

 

Protein Temperature
Hamburgers and ground beef 160 ° F
Poultry, hot dogs, and precooked meats 165 ° F
Steaks and pork chops 145 ° F
Fish and seafood 145 ° F

 

Ivy Mumo, Registered Dietitian

 

References:

http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/bbq-iq.html

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/get-fired-up-tips-for-healthy-flavorful-cookouts

 

 

 

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