Healthy Barbecue Basics

Warmer weather means cookout season for many; but barbecues often lead to overindulging on calories and saturated fat while skimping on nutrition. Skip the hot dogs, bratwurst, and giant burgers… follow these tips for a healthy, delicious meal

Use marinades wisely. Marinate skinless meat, such as chicken breast, in mixtures that are low in fat and sugar but high in flavor. Try chili sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, and spices.

Don’t forget the veggies. Corn on the cob, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers — it’s hard to find a vegetable that doesn’t taste great grilled. Skewer large chunks of your favorites and brush with marinade, or toss in olive oil and grill them on foil to retain the flavor and minimize charring.

Make a better potato. Grill sweet potatoes instead of serving mayonnaise-laden potato salad. Slice into thick wedges and toss in olive oil and seasonings, then roast in foil on the grill.

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