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Here's to a Healthy Summer - Better BBQs

Summer Grilling Tips

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families - Bridging the Gap between Good Nutrition and Healthy Families

Summer means plenty of barbecues and one or more events or parties every weekend. In order to maximize your healthy meal choices, we suggest that you plan ahead for your summer eating choices. 

  • Have a small snack before you leave. It will be easier to say “no” to chips and other fatty foods if you’re not that hungry
  • Sip on water or other non-caloric beverages while socializing to help avoid snacking
  • Don’t fall into the trap of eating high-fat items like hot dogs or potato salad
  • Choose lean meats, salads and vegetables with vinegar based dressings rather than mayonnaise

Grilling is a great opportunity to create tasty healthful meals. Here are some tips to transform your BBQ recipes.

  • Trim off excess fat on meat. Cook foods in foil packets, it is a great way to seal in moisture and flavor
  • Use low sodium marinades for chicken, fish or vegetables

Try either of the following marinade recipes:

  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard,  1 tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp dried thyme, ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 cloves garlic, 2 scallions, ½ tsp ground ginger

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families

United Way of Long Island is proud to partner with NBTY, a world leader in health and wellness. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative aims to enrich the lives of families by promoting wellness through nutrition, education and healthy living.