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Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Embrace the summer and fire up the barbecue because July is National Grilling Month!

Not only does it give you a chance to cook outside, but you also can reap health benefits from grilling your food. Grilled foods often are healthier than foods cooked on the stove or in the oven, because fewer vitamins and minerals are lost when food is grilled compared to baking or frying.  While the four foods grilled most often in the U.S. are hamburgers, steak, hot dogs and chicken, here are a few healthy grilling options to consider:

  • Choose lean meats such as ground beef or skinless chicken, or opt for fish or tofu.
  • Instead of using heavy marinade to flavor the meat, try a dry or low-sodium seasoning.
  • Vegetables, including corn on the cob, zucchini, asparagus or sweet potatoes, are a delicious side-dish option.

 

Get ready to show off your grilling mastery to friends and family with these tasty (and healthy!) recipes:

Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

This grilled chicken is sure to impress with a colorful side of fresh avocado salsa.

Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potato wedges are a delicious, healthy alternative to french fries.

Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Grilled Pineapple Tofu Skewers

These grilled pineapple tofu skewers are a healthy twist on the tastes of summer. And bonus: this link has 13 other grilled tofu recipes!

Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Southwest Turkey Burger

Yes, there is such a thing as a healthy burger!  Turkey is a healthy alternative to ground beef, and equally delicious.

Fire Up the Barbecue for National Grilling Month

Lemon Garlic Grilled Zucchini

Not only is grilled zucchini good for you, but this recipe is easy and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

For other fun summer food and drink ideas, check out Coldwell Banker Inside Out’s Pinterest.