We all love a good barbecue in the Summer. It’s the perfect time to get the family together and bask in the sun, with good food. However, just because you’re cooking a barbecue it doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy. Grilling your food is actually one of the healthiest ways to cook it, so you’re already on the right track. Here are some top tips to make sure your family barbecue is as healthy as it can be.
Don’t Forget the Fish
Fish is an excellent source of protein, and sadly, it’s often left out of barbecues. When you think of food for a barbecue, you rarely think of fish. However, a good cut of salmon or trout isn’t just good for you; it’s also delicious when grilled and paired with soft salad potatoes and a honey and lemon drizzle. When you do want to include lots of meat, go for chicken kebabs and add a colorful range of vegetables to the skewers.
We’re all guilty of it. A barbecue tastes so good that it’s easy to overdo it on portion sizes and many of us go back for seconds. A healthy portion of meat is between three and six ounces and the rest of your plate should be made up of vegetables. An easy way to do this is to grind some of the red meat with the best meat grinders and serve as you would in a Bolognese. It may not seem like a popular barbecue choice, but when you use the meat for tacos with peppers and a hot chilli sauce, your guest’s mouths will be watering.
Marinade Your Meat
Using different marinades for your meat doesn’t just make it taste delicious. When you use marinades, you need to use salt to flavor the meat. It also means you’re unlikely to use additional sauce when eating, so you avoid the sugars that are placed in mass produced shop bought sauces. To make it even healthier, you can easily create a variety of marinades from herbs and spices. Here’s a few recipes.
Trim the Fat
It’s likely that the majority of the meat that you buy for your barbecue will come with pieces of fat. As tasty as it may be, too much fat is very unhealthy for us. It can contribute to heart problems and other health issues. To avoid eating more fat than is recommended for you, it’s best to trim some or all of the fat from the meat. Not only that, removing the fat will make the meat easier to eat.
You can’t have a barbecue without hot dogs and burgers. However, white bread isn’t the best option when you’re trying to be healthy. Go for wholegrain buns instead, or if you’re really invested in making your barbecue as healthy as possible, why not try lettuce wraps and cut out the bread altogether?
It may seem like an impossibility to make your barbecue healthy, but as long as you throw in lots of veggies as well, you’re sure to get some vitamin rich foods.