Posted: Jul 09 2014
Dusting off the BBQ is one of the highlights of summer and although we love to dispute it, the BBQ is definitely a male-territory. There is no need to lose sight of your healthy diet however.
Simple swaps can mean that you still eat healthy, lean food that can be served char-grilled.
Swap beef for turkey
Turkey is the leanest meat that we can readily get our hands on, so simply swap your beef mince for turkey mince and make healthy turkey burgers.
- Mix the mince with finely diced onion and herbs of your choice, season to taste and cook.
Meat kebabs for vegetable kebabs
It is very easy to get carried away with meat at BBQs, it is most certainly a carnivore's dream. Swapping some of the meat for vegetables is easy and you will thank me when you avoid the meat sweats.
The best thing is that you can choose your favourite vegetables; courgette, mushrooms, peppers and corn on the cob are great on the BBQ.
- Roast some veg for around 10 minutes in the oven. Once slightly cooked, thread onto skewers that have been soaking in water for at least 20 minutes - this will stop the sticks from burning on the BBQ.
- Add the kebabs to the BBQ for a few minutes until charred - then enjoy.
Oily fish are high in omega-3, this is a known fact. More specifically salmon is high in alpha-linolenic acid which is used to produce energy for our cells. This acid also helps to support the presence of Eicosapentaenoic acid and Docosahexaenoic acid - which contribute to the proper functioning of our cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems.
So, without all of the fancy terms, oily fish can help keep us healthy and energised.
Spice up your Salad
Salad bowls can be easily overlooked at BBQs, why not whip up an interesting dressing which will ensure your salad bowl is emptied. For an Asian twist try a Garlic and Soy dressing.
You will need
- 1 garlic head
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (light if possible)
- 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- A splash of lime juice to taste
- A couple of tablespoons of red wine vinegar
Wrap in foil and bake the garlic head until soft (around 50 minutes) then squash with the back of a spoon until pulpy. Add to a bowl and mix with the other ingredients. Add around one tablespoon to your salad to give it a kick.
What are you waiting for? Get your mates round and crank it up.