Barbecue favourites like sausages and burgers laden with sauces and all the trimmings can be heavy on fat and calorie content though. So we have put together our top ten delicious tips on creating a healthier BBQ.
Fill your plate with veggies and salad. We should all be eating plenty of vegetables and BBQ season is the best time to eat more, vegetables can be transformed into delicious dishes. Why not try asparagus brushed with oil or vegetable kebabs? Try peppers, mushrooms, courgettes, tomatoes and onions on skewers. They are really tasty if brushed with oil or a marinade. Corn on the cob is another delicious way of making sure you hit your 5 a day.
Try not to burn or char food too much and keep turning meat over on the BBQ, remove charred portions of meat before eating; all these tips can help you reduce your intake of unhealthy substances that can form when meat is heated at very high temperatures.
Many of us these days might be a little more conscious of the food we eat and don’t want to put on weight. If you are watching your waistline, try the HECK chicken range. Traditional sausages, burgers and chicken thighs can be high in calories and fat so having lower fat choices for the BBQ can help you maintain a lean body weight. However, if you love your traditional pork sausages then all is not completely lost! HECK have come up with a less than 3% fat low-fat pork sausage with the HECK Super Slim so stock up and eat up without the guilt.
Did you think fish wasn’t suitable for the BBQ? Think again! Salmon, trout, sea bream or any fish you fancy with a slice of lemon wrapped in foil can be quickly and easily cooked on a BBQ. Served with new potatoes and salad makes for a very healthy meal.
If you are watching your fat intake use a spray oil (instead of brushing foods with oil) or use a lower fat marinade.
Don’t feel guilty putting a tasty burger on the BBQ; red meat, such as beef, provides iron and some of us are not getting enough in our diets. Having salad with your burger can help you to absorb the iron better as foods such as tomatoes provide vitamin C to increase the absorption of iron.
Jacket potatoes or sweet potatoes cooked in the BBQ are delicious and low in fat. Simply wrap in foil and place directly in the coals for an hour (for a tennis ball sized spud). Great if you have vegetarian guests or guests with dairy/gluten intolerance.
Side dishes needn’t be unhealthy or covered in mayonnaise. Try yogurt dressings for salads such as coleslaw or how about having a rice salad, with raisins for chewy sweetness and crisp apple for crunch. We all know we should eat more fibre but most of us don’t know what to do with beans or lentils; try making a salad with them, they add protein, fibre and they’re low in fat too.
Variety and colour on our plates is what we should all be aiming to achieve; HECK’s veggie Super Greens Balls can help you achieve this. Fruit and vegetables are full of antioxidants and vitamins to keep our bodies healthy, by including more of these foods in our diets we help to protect our health.
You can make the BBQ do all the hard work for dessert too - simply wrap bananas in foil and put them in the glowing embers, serve with Greek yogurt for a sticky sweet and healthy pud.
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