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Fit Tip: Get Out the Grill!

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 6:30 am

Monday Morning Fit Tip:

GET OUT THE GRILL!

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Grilling out isn’t just fun, it can be good for you!  Thanks to shorter cooking times, veggies retain more vitamins and minerals, and food retains better flavors so you can use less calorie-packed condiments!  Try these 4 tips for healthier grilling tonight: 

  1. Look for Lean Cuts.  The leanest poultry is the skinless white breast of a chicken or turkey; ground beef can be as lean as 96%. Two lean cuts of pork are tenderloin and loin chops.
  2. Safety 1st.  Grilling is among the most low-fat ways to cook meat because fat drips away during cooking. Be careful, though, as these drips might cause flare-ups that can burn your food and create unnecessary wear and tear on your grill.
  3. Knowing what’s in your protein is important for healthy grilling.  A pork sausage can contain as much as 20 grams of fat, while a smoked beef sausage has around 7 grams.  Throwing hot dogs on the grill?  Try the turkey, reduced fat or fat free versions!
  4. Don’t forget the Veggies!!  Chop bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini into 1-inch pieces. Before grilling, soak these veggies in water for 30 minutes to keep them juicy. Then, pat them dry. Spray with non-stick cooking spray to prevent them from sticking. In no time, you’ll have healthy sides and delicious toppings for your burgers!

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