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The Heat is On: Tips for Healthy Summer Grilling

May is National Barbecue Month, according to the National Barbecue Association, and the start of the summer entertaining season.

Although hamburgers and hotdogs are common items for the grilling season, these foods aren't exactly low-fat. It's important to make healthy choices no matter what season it is — so try to grill items that are part of a balanced diet.

Here are some tips on healthy food prep and grilling:

  • Grill chicken with the skin on to keep it moist, then remove the skin before eating to keep it low fat.
  • Choose lean cuts of meat (like loin, leg or round) and trim away excess fat.
  • Try using a"rub," a combination of herbs, spices and seasonings rubbed into the food which can be beef, poultry or fish. Rubs do not contain oil, so they do not add any additional fat.
  • Season your garden vegetables with fresh herbs, lemon juice, stock, wine, flavored vinegars or low-calorie"butter sprinkles" instead of butter and oil.
  • For an extra tasty treat, fill a melon boat with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and top with your favorite non-fat topping.
  • Enjoy delicious meals this grill season, but be sure to stick to healthy foods to keep things light. With the tips above you can have a fruitful and diet friendly BBQ season.

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