4 Heart-Friendly Options for BBQ Season

Jun 9, 2017 by | health, diet, nutrition, healthy living

BBQ season doesn’t have to ruin your body!

BBQ season is in full swing and our taste buds are collectively tingling for grilled everything! The sun and good times are often accompanied by complacent eating (and drinking!) habits, however, so we’ve come up with a list of healthier BBQ options so you can enjoy the seasonal perks without putting your body through hell!

Salmon

As an alternative to beef patties and sausages, salmon is far and away one of the healthiest grillable proteins. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of sudden heart failure, minimize blood clot formation, and inhibit growth of plaque in the arteries.

Courtesy of the awesome Epicurious, here are 13 Easy & Healthy Grilled Salmon Recipes.

Seasonal Veggies

The holistic among us can make a good case that eating in-season fruits and veg is beneficial to our well being. Add to that the facts that it’s generally cheaper than shopping out-of-season and the food is often fresher, and you’re left with little reason not to do as our ancestors did.

Grillable summertime offerings include carrots, beets, bell peppers, zucchini, corn, and garlic. As for salads and/or desserts we have arugula, cucumber, rhubarb, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, melon, lemons and limes.

Coleslaw

Oil-based ‘slaws are the way to go here. The creamy alternative we were all raised on should remain in the past because, let’s face it, we’re not getting any younger here and we need to eat smart!

Cookie & Kate has an excellent and easy to follow recipe that’s a must try this summer: Simple Seedy Slaw.

Whole Wheat Buns

What do salmon, beef, sausage, bacon, portobello mushrooms, and quinoa all have in common? They all taste better in bread!


Maybe you’ve followed our salmon recommendation above. Maybe you’re sticking with the classic beef burger/hot dog combo. Or perhaps you’re vegetarian and have some portobello’s lined up for a weekend of barbecuing? One simple way to make a subtle improvement to the quality of food you’re putting in your body is to opt for whole wheat buns.

Carbohydrates in whole wheat buns are more complex than in their white bread counterpart, which makes them easier to digest and more beneficial to your body (simple carbs act more like sugar). Whole wheat buns boast twice the protein, and since white bread proteins come from wheat flour they are incomplete, meaning they contain only some of the amino acids your body needs for optimum tissue health.

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