Good-for-You Grilling Ideas

Warmer weather may mean more grilling and cookouts. Here are some tips to keep your food lighter and healthier but still delicious:

  • Go for grilled fish more often. Throw some fish on the grill, just rub with lemon juice and parsley for added flavor.Try salmon, trout and herring, which are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Choose red meats that have the least amount of fat or trim excess fat before grilling. Choose “loin” and “round” cuts of red meat and pork. Buy “choice” or “select” grades of beef instead of “prime.” OR, just try ground turkey or veggie burgers!
  • Try grilling fruits like pineapple slices or peaches–the natural sugars caramelize with the heat and give then great flavor. READ MORE HERE.
  • Cut the sodium, keep the flavor. Make your own rubs, dressings or seasonings without adding too much (or any) salt and use fresh or dried herbs for flavor and color!
  • Go green…and red, orange, yellow and more. Serve green leafy salads or fruit salads. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber — and they are low in calories.


Thanks American Heart Association and DC Central Kitchen Healthy Corners for the tips!