The summer is known for backyard barbecues and cook-outs with friends and family. There are ways to enjoy the grill this summer without jeopardizing your waistline. Try some of the grilling suggestions below to keep you on track during the grilling months.
Preparing summer vegetables
Grilling vegetables is easy!
Prepare veggies by cutting them in large enough slices, so they won't fall through the cracks on your grill. Season with salt and pepper, and lightly brush with olive oil or spritz with oil spray. Then place the veggies on a hot grill and cook until vegetables are tender, flipping once. Try using kabob skewers to keep smaller vegetables or onions in place.
Foil fish packet
Here's how to prepare a healthy fish and veggie dish with easy clean up: Place a piece of fish and your favorite vegetables in the center of a piece of foil about 20 inches long. Top with fresh herbs, lemon juice, a little salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Fold up the edges of the foil to form a pouch, making sure it is completely sealed. Place the foil packet on a hot grill, away from the direct flame. Close the grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The cook time may be longer depending on the thickness of the fish.
Kabobs are a quick way to ensure a high protein/low calorie meal. Mix and match your favorite proteins with vegetables or fruit to create a healthy grilled meal. Try some of these combinations during your next cook-out.
Pineapple shrimp skewers
Alternate shrimp, cherry tomatoes and pineapple chunks on a skewer. Grill until the shrimp is cooked through. Then mix lime juice, chopped cilantro and a little bit of honey together in a small bowl. Brush the cooked skewers with lime sauce before serving.
Chicken cheesesteak kabob
Skew thinly sliced chicken breast or chicken breast chunks along with your favorite cheesesteak toppings, such as peppers, onion or mushrooms. Grill the skewers until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are tender. Top with a light sprinkling of low fat shredded cheese before serving.
Grilled fruit dessert skewers
Grilling fruit brings out their natural sweetness. Try making skewers of strawberries, peaches, watermelon, grapes or bananas. Grill the skewers until the fruit has softened and grill marks form. Pair with your favorite low sugar Greek yogurt for a high protein/high fiber dessert.