Healthy BBQing For The Family

Spring is in the air! With warmer temperatures and longer evenings, the smell of the neighbours BBQ is certainly becoming familiar. BBQing is a delicious and quick meal that you can prepare for the whole family. However, some of the foods we choose to throw on the grill aren’t always the healthiest choices. BBQing can be a healthy method of cooking, we just need to make the right choices when deciding what to cook.

Below are some healthy BBQ suggestions that you can try the next time you fire up the grill:

  • Most people tend to use lots of BBQ sauce on their foods when grilling, BBQ sauce can be very high in sugars and sodium. Limit the amount of sauce you use, or try making a homemade sauce that is low in sodium and sugar.
  • Love fish? Why not grill some fresh salmon or trout – add some of your favorite species, olive oil, small amount of BBQ sauce and then wrap in aluminum foil…in minutes you will have a delicious meal.
  • Choose lean meats for grilling more often – chicken breast and pork lions are always great choices. To keep moist, marinate in some olive oil and spices before grilling.
  • For the kids, grill up some homemade burgers made with lean ground beef, chicken or turkey. Sprinkle some low fat shredded cheese and the kids will love it!
  • Vegetables can easily be grilled. Fresh corn is a great addition to every BBQ. You can also make some veggie kabobs that include bell peppers, fresh mushrooms, onions, cucumbers, etc.
  • Steam some of your favorite vegetables by wrapping in aluminum foil and sprinkle with some olive oil and spices.
  • Tired of the same desserts? Try grilling some fresh sliced pineapple; top with frozen vanilla yogurt….you’ll love it! And it’s a great alternative to cake, pie and ice cream.

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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