1. Think Lean
Aim to purchase lean cuts of meat to reduce overall fat and saturated fat content. For beef, look for loin, round and extra-lean ground beef. For pork, purchase the loin, for poultry purchase boneless skinless chicken breasts and for seafood aim for items that are not breaded.
2. Grill Beyond the Meat
Get creative with the grill to boost overall dietary variety and the nutrients within your meal. Grilled fruits and vegetables make for a tasty side dish, or you can even grill pizza for a quick and easy dinner!
3. Marinate Healthfully
Marinating meats has been shown to produce a more tender, moist final product while reducing the overall carcinogen content, but it’s important to do so healthfully. Try marinating with mixtures of oils, vinegar, herbs and spices versus many of the store bought products that are often laden with sodium.
Recipe Recommendation: For a fun and colorful addition to your plate, skewer pieces of diced up fruit and place on the grill and serve with a side of low-fat yogurt for dipping.
Have a fun-filled July 4th Weekend and Happy Grilling!!!
This post originally was published on the FitNet blog. For more information on FitNet, visit http://fit.net/ today!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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