Summer is a great time to clean off your grill and cook in the warm weather. When grilling it is important to find ways to improve the quality of your food by finding healthy recipes and eliminating unhealthy aspects of cooking on a grill.

 

Cut Out the Bad

There easy ways to cut out some unhealthy habits when using your grill this summer. A lot of meat is full of saturated fat with excess calories that do not promote healthy eating. An alternative way to cut out some of those unhealthy factors would be to simply choose learner cut meats and keeping portion sizes small.

Marinating the meat before grilling it can also reduce cancer causing carcinogen by 57 to 87 percent according to research conducted at Kansas State University. In this research, they used various mixtures of oil and vinegar paired with herbs and spices to marinate the meat before putting them on the grill. They found that these mixtures help prevent the formation of HCA within the meat’s proteins.

Other quick ways to improve the quality of your grilled food would be to trim off the fat of any meat. Once you are cooking the meat, be sure avoid charring the meat. Many enjoy the flavor of charred but it allows PAHs and HCAs to form which increases the risk of pancreatic, colon, and stomach cancers. Vegetables can also serve as a healthy alternative that does not produce HCAs. Plant-based foods are also known for having lower risks of cancer.

Another great way to improve the healthiness of your food would be to maintain the cleanliness of your grill. Be sure to thoroughly clean your grill after every use.

 

New Recipe:

Grilled Basil Lemon Pork Chops and Melon

Ingredients:

  • 4 lean boneless pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon, sliced in wedges.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, except pork chops, in a bowl. Cover both sides of the pork chops with the mixture; let set for 20 minutes. Grill chops, 5-6 minutes per side. Let chops rest 5 minutes before serving. While pork chops are resting, place melon slices on the grill, turning frequently until hot, about 3-4 minutes. Serve pork chops and melon together.