Here’s the deal. We’re attempting to answer the question of whether it's possible to have a true grilling extravaganza without your classic grill-out regulars like hot dogs, sugary barbecue sauce, and processed buns? The short answer is yes! How we got to that answer, well… we’ll give you the healthy grilling ideas that helped us get there!
Choose Your Meat Wisely:
If you’re grilling meat, choose wisely. Look for pasture-raised or grass-fed meat that is free of antibiotics.
When cooking at high temperatures, the proteins in your meat change and form compounds that have been linked to cancer development. Red and processed meat have also been linked to cancer. Choosing wild-caught fish or free-range chicken is a smart, healthy alternative to mix into your healthy grill recipes.
A cookout is the perfect opportunity to add more vegetables to your plate while replacing processed hamburger or hot dog buns. Try trading your buns for fresh-baked sourdough bread, or a gluten-free choice like grilled sweet potato slices or lettuce wraps. Lettuce tacos with pulled pork and pineapple salsa, anyone? Teriyaki skewers are also a simple, delicious grilling idea to dodge the buns and load up on more nutrient-rich options.
Tasty Sides, Fillings, and Sauces:
Grilled asparagus, onions, potatoes, red peppers, and mushrooms are some of our favorite, flavorful vegetables to cook on the grill. Fruits like pineapple, tomato, and avocado also do well as smoky sides or fillings. Create the ultimate veggie taco with grilled onions, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes or experiment with a stuffed avocado with diced red pepper and pineapple.
While choosing these whole food options can bring your healthy cookout to the next level, don’t forget that your classic sauces like barbecue, teriyaki, and ketchup are often loaded with sugars. Consider whipping up a recipe from scratch so that you can choose the best ingredients, or stop into Terra for carefully selected sauces with your wellness in mind.
Eating and living a health-centered life doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite experiences like summer grilling. Simply plan ahead, think creatively, and you’ll discover how a mindfully chosen menu can help you feel your best.