As we move into the warmer months down here in the Southern Hemisphere, it is time to uncover the BBQ and invite over guests so we can enjoy a good meal in the sun with friends and family.
The great thing about BBQ’s is that not only are they social, enjoyable, quick and easy, they can also be a very healthy way of enjoying a meal, just as long as you follow a few simple rules.
Here are some tips to help make your BBQ a healthy one!
Opt for lean cuts - This is a big one as many sausages and pre-made meat patties are packed full of fatty off-cuts. Opt for lean meats such as chicken breast, lean steak, prawns, calamari, and fish, to keep your menu options healthy.
Grill veggies - You don’t have to be vegetarian to want to BBQ vegetables, they taste amazing! Try grilling portobello mushrooms, capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, onions, pineapple, basically anything can work!
Opt for spray oil - Use a spray oil instead of pouring on vegetable oil. This will ensure you get the benefit of it not sticking, without flooding your food with oil unnecessarily.
Make your own marinades - Store-bought marinades are often packed full of sugars and salt, as well as loads of other nasties. Try making your own marinates using things such as red wine, soy/tamari sauce, crushed garlic, ginger, lemon/lime juice and a touch of coconut butter.
Avoid overcooking - Though you might like your meat well cooked, too much ‘crisp’ is believed to be carcinogenic, so try to avoid overcooking by keeping the temperature down.
Avoid the sauces - Adding sauce to your meat/veggies is basically lathering it in sugar and salt. If you want a little extra flavour, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or lime juice.
Make plenty of salads - Instead of flooding the table with bread rolls, try making an assortment of different salads for people to choose from, such as a garden salad, a bean salad, and even a roast vegetable salad.