When you think of Memorial Day, healthy may not be the first image that pops into your head. But it is possible to make your holiday better for you by making healthful choices. It just takes a little effort. And, you won't sacrifice any of the flavor. Here are some tips to help:
* Choose leaner meats to grill such as ground turkey burgers, Extra lean ground beef or grilled, skinless chicken breasts. Avoid high fat meats like steaks, ribs or sausages.
* Grill a variety of vegetables—any vegetable can be grilled: portabella mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini or squash. Just brush a light coating of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or any type of marinade. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste. Then toss them straight on the barbecue or slide the vegetables on to a skewer or wrap them in foil.
* Trim the fat off meat before grilling—cut off excess fat from the sides of meat before cooking and cut off inside, separable fat before eating.
* Keep meat portions small—cut the meat into chunks and combine with vegetables on a skewer. Use meat as an accent to the meal, rather than the main dish. Remember that around 3 ounces is a serving size (the size of a deck of cards).
* Grill some fruit for dessert—pineapple, mangos, apples, peaches, or bananas—just about any fruit can be grilled. Either slice fruit into big wedges, or chop it into cubes and skewer. Cooking usually takes about 6 to 8 minutes; make sure you turn the fruit occasionally.
Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day!
Health and Wellness Advisor