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5 Superfoods for the Grill

Jun 20, 2012

  1. Pineapple. Most fruit is too fragile to grill. Not true for pineapple. Hearty pineapple is definitely an exception to this rule and tastes sweet and delicious after just a few minutes on the flame. Brush with a touch of extra virgin olive oil, toss on the grill and you have the perfect garnish to jazz up a burger or place under a grilled lobster tail. Nutrionally speaking, pineapple is low in calories and packed with vitamin C--1/2 cup provides you with 20% of your daily needs. Don't overdo it, however, pineapple is a fruit that is higher in sugar.
  2. Asparagus. A simple marinade of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar makes this super easy to make and flavor-packed veggie a must-grill side dish. As for the nutrition, asparagus is actually a member of the lily family and is packed with fiber, folate, potassium, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C. Another plus: You don't have to buy organic asparagus! Pests really don't like asparagus, so farmers don't have to use pesticides to ward them off. So, save your money and go conventional.
  3. Sweet bell peppers. Man the variety you can experiment with...green, orange, yellow, red, and even purple! Cut these guys in half, remove the white pith and seeds, douse them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and they're good to go on the grill. You can also do a large, rough chop and add them to skewers of chicken, shrimp or steak for a colorful, flavorful experience. High in vitamins A and C, bell peppers pack a nutritional punch. They are also high in sulfur compounds that are cancer-preventative. All the more reason to throw them to the flame!
  4. Zucchini. Sliced lengthwise, these are super easy to grill. With their ability to capture perfect grill marks, they make for a great visual addition to your BBQ menu. Flavor with olive oil and lemon juice, toss on a low heat and you're good to go. Zucchini falls into the super low calorie class of veggies, BUT for these few calories you get a ton of vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, calcium and iron.
  5. Portobello mushrooms. Marinate these meaty mushrooms in a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and onion for an hour, toss them onto a got grill and it just doesn't get any better than this for both taste and nutrition. Dense and flavorful, you can use them as a meat substitute for those that are vegetarian, stuff them with ground meat and other veggies, or serve them sliced as a side dish. Any way you eat them, these super tasty and hearty veggies are the perfect addition to your summer cookout. As for nutrition, portobellos provide plenty of B vitamins, vitamin D, potassium and copper.

Make sure to add these five superfoods to your summer menu and enjoy the flavor and health benefits of bringing your nutrition outdoors and enjoying this favorite American summer pastime--grilling! Tap into the season's bounty of fresh nutrient-packed foods. use grilling for a flavor-packed light and healthy meal and enjoy the perfect outdoor cooking method. Don't forget to combine your healthy summer BBQ with frequent workouts to keep your body beach-ready. A Fitness Together trainer will develop a program designed to meet your specific goals. You'll aso receive nutritional counseling through the Nutrition Together program, which will complement your workouts. Let Fitness Together help you make the summer of 2012 your best yet!

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