Summer guide to healthy grilling

Summer guide to healthy grilling

People around the country are starting to enjoy the great outdoors and fire up the grill on a warm summer day. The warmer weather and longer days are perfect for enjoying fresh flavorful foods and outdoor activities such as walking.

Healthy food choices can also be filling foods that keep you satisfied longer. Weight Watchers offers the following tips to ensure a summer full of healthy habits:

1. Fire up the flavor: Grilling is a great way to experience new flavors without added fat and calories. Shop at home and look for things you already have in your cupboard. Vinegars and juice-based marinades can maximize flavors for meat, fish and vegetables and dry rubs can turn a bland meat dish into a soulful, spicy supper.

2. Fresh finds: Remember that grilling is not just for meat and poultry. Fresh vegetables are a delightful treat. Choose foods that are tender and cook quickly. Less expensive options like potatoes, onions, corn and squash just need basic seasonings and they are ready to grill. To bulk this up as a bigger side dish, add inexpensive pasta or beans to the grilled vegetables.

3. Cut those coupons: Check your local supermarket circular for what's on sale. And think beyond beef—remember you can enjoy a lean burger made from chicken, turkey or salmon.

4. Water down your beverage bill: Try skipping the soda aisle and use good old tap water and teach the kids how to make "sun tea—"set tea bags in a pitcher and put it out on the porch. Or liven up regular water with fruit like lemons, limes and oranges.

5. End the day with a family activity: Take a walk after dinner—not only is walking a free form of exercise but also a great way to connect with family, friends and neighbors. Walking also helps to burn calories and research suggests that regular physical activity may help to reduce stress and improve sleep.
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