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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

Grilling


By:  Carleton Rivers, RD

It’s finally June and the weather is warm, which means we have entered grilling season. This summer I encourage you to use the grill for more than just the typical hamburger or hotdog. Did you know that grilling is actually a great way to reduce fat in your meals? With a fresh new approach to grilling, cookouts no longer have to expand your waist line and ruin your diet.

Grilling Fruits and Veggies

 

Cooking Vegetables:

  • Season with your favorite herbs
  • Place directly on a hot grill and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender
  • For steaming:
    • Place sliced vegetables on heavy-duty foil
    • Sprinkle with water and seasoning
    • Wrap up the foil and grill for 6-8 minutes

Cooking Fruit:

  • Place fruit on kabobs
  • Place fruit on the outside edges of the grill to achieve a more indirect type of heat
  • Leave skin on softer fruit when grilling
  • Spray fruit and grates with cooking spray to prevent sticking
  • Grill over low heat until fruit is slightly golden and hot
  • Allow fruit to cool before eating
    • Fruit contains a high level of water which can make grilled fruit very hot

My favorite fruits and vegetables to grill:

  • Romaine lettuce for a grilled salad
  • Bell peppers and onions
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant (drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice)
  • Sliced watermelon, mangos, peaches, and pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Poblano peppers


Disclaimer: Proper precautions must be taken before you begin an exercise program. An understanding of your current health status and potential problems is necessary for you to exercise safely. Please contact your physician if you have any concerns. This program is intended to incorporate high-intensity physical activity into your daily life, but should not be used in place of physical therapy, professional medical advice, or treatment.


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