Diary of a Fit Woman: Your Go-To Grilling Menu
When great weather happens, especially in the middle of April, you have to take advantage of it! A nice 70 degree is perfect for all outdoor activities, especially my favorite which is grilling!
Cooking on your grill comes with lots of healthy benefits. For starters, you get to enjoy the outdoors. Getting some sun and fresh air is good for your body. In my opinion, there’s also less post-cooking clean up with grilling. No pots and pans are used and you just throw everything on the grill. Also, grills have a decent amount of cooking surface, which is perfect for preparing meals in large quantities when meal prepping.
While the grill is good, what you grill is just as important. You can stay healthy while grilling by avoiding processed meats like hot dogs, high calorie sides like baked beans and sugary desserts like ice cream sandwiches. Yes, these are your typical grilling staples, but they won’t help keep your waistline slim. Here are my suggestions for what you should cook on the grill this summer. Making meals out of these options will keep you healthy and lean all summer long.
Something that always tastes great on the grill is chicken. One thing I’ve struggled with is cooking chicken breasts on the grill without drying them out. Instead, I do chicken thighs. You can get them for a relatively cheap price since dark meat isn’t as popular, but they taste amazing grilled. If you get the kind with skin on, the fat melts away on the grill, but keeps it from getting dry. Marinade them ahead of time for a few hours with your favorite seasonings and you won’t even need to use a high calorie BBQ sauce.
If you like tilapia or cod, you will enjoy bass. During the spring and summer, wild caught fish is in season making it a great time to buy the healthier version of fish instead of farm raised. Bass is light but holds up well on the grill. Grilling bass with herbs and lemon paired with a salad will make a delicious and healthy lunch for the week.
Some of my favorite vegetables to put on the grill are asparagus, broccoli and eggplant. When sticking to a clean diet, you tend to eat the same vegetables over and over. Grilling them gives them a new flavor. For broccoli and asparagus, you will need a grill pan to put them in before putting them on the grill, otherwise you’ll lose a majority of them to the fire. Eggplant works without a pan if sliced as thick steaks. The smoky flavor will give new life to any vegan or vegetarian dish.
Nothing tastes better on the grill than pineapples and peaches. Both in season during the summer, they get syrupy sweet once heat hits them. It’s super simple to slice them up and throw them on the grill for a couple of minutes. Once cooked, you can pair them with vanilla frozen yogurt for dessert or dice them up to put over a salad or just eat them as a snack by themselves.
It may be a little early to fire up the grill but if the weather is nice, get outdoors and enjoy the change of scenery while cooking up your favorites for the week.
Reneé DuBose is a Chicago media professional who was bitten by the health and fitness bug a few years ago. On her journey to get and stay fit, she started a health and wellness blog to share her tips with friends, family and anyone needing help. Visit The Fit Print and keep up with her on Instagram @theFitPrint.