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Guilt-free Memorial Day Grilling

May 23, 2011

Well, it's an odd day of the month for me to be making a post; but, I figured we have the holiday weekend coming up and I may as well take advantage to throw a few tips out there. As you know, Memorial Day Weekend (or week for the lucky among us) is a huge cookout holiday. Although grilling is a much healthier option than say, FRYING, there are some things you may want to keep in mind before you head to Costco to stock up for your festivities:

  • Buy natural meats: pastured-raised, free-range, grass-fed, organic, antibiotic and hormone free are all phrases you want to look for when purchasing your meats. When it comes to seafood, look for wild-caught as opposed to farm-raised.
  • Don't overcook your meats: Charred meat is, believe or not, cancer causing if consumed often. This is avoidable if you cook steaks medium-rare and let the meat rest or removing any charring after removed from the grill, like with chicken.
  • Accessorize: Don't forget that just because you're cooking on the grill that you still need to have your vegetables! Most any hearty vegetables can hold up to the flame, just brush with a little olive oil, add salt and pepper and you're good to go!
  • Have a good time: Dining, especially grilling, is a social activity that is great for stress reduction. Just keep in mind that consuming too much alcohol can put a damper on your willpower and your ability to stick to healthy eating choices.

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