Thursday, July 3, 2008

Day 95- Nutrition Bite

Here are some tips for a healthy BBQ:
  • Buy natural cooking briquettes and wood chips at your local natural food supermarket
  • Try eco-friendly barbequing with a propane grill instead of a charcoal grill
  • Skip using lighter fluid because of the high levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • 'Fire-lighting' chimneys are great fire starters
  • Try grilling vegetables -this is easily done on skewers, grilling baskets, or with tinfoil
  • Meatless grilling using products such as Boca burgers, tofu dogs etc...
  • Buy organic meat, poultry, and wild fish when possible
  • Keep portions of meat small
  • Marinating meat, poultry, and seafood is healthier and reduces HCAs (Heterocyclic Amines, carcinogenic chemicals)
  • Trim excess fat off meats
  • Grill slowly over medium heat and turn frequently to reduce HCAs
  • Removed burnt portions of barbequed meats
  • Supplement your BBQ main course with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Sugar Preacher's Experience
Most of my life I remember celebrating the 3rd of July with a BBQ in my family home backyard. The home is now a rental property, and the 1/2 acre yard is just memories. I will have to say my favorite part of our BBQ was the cream cheese carrot cake. With the elimination of refined sugar, my new favorite 4th of July food is watermelon. I'm not much of a meat eater, but I thought the BBQ tips may give you some healthy ideas.

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