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Healthy Grilling for the Fourth of July

Grilling is a national past time, and we’re lucky in Kansas that we can do it nearly year round. We know that summertime is the prime season, though, and if you’re like us, we’re always looking for ways to do it better.

In this article, we look at healthy grilling for the Fourth of July so you and your friends and family can enjoy a delicious meal without added calories.

How to Choose the Best Meat

As a good rule of thumb, we recommend choosing the leanest cuts of meat because they are the healthiest. Consider:

  • Top round or sirloin steak
  • Bottom or eye round roast
  • Chicken or turkey breast without the skin
  • Fish such as salmon or tilapia

If you want to enhance the flavor of lower fat meats, stop by one of our locations for delicious spices, rubs and sauces.

Set Your Temperature Correctly

Preheat your grill fifteen to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature.

  • High is 400-450°F.
  • Medium high is 350-400°F.
  • Medium is 300-350°F.
  • Low is 250-300°F.

A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist, helps prevent sticking and kills bacteria. Searing creates improved flavors through caramelization for a delicious meal!

Add the Right Condiments

Sure, cheese is delicious, and mayonnaise makes everything taste better, but if you’re watching your waistline, you either want to forgo these toppings or at the very least have smaller portions.

Other things that taste great with your grilled food are onions, tomato sauce, extra rubs, lettuce, avocado and other vegetables.

Healthy Grilling for the Fourth of July Weekend

Involve the kids in your Fourth of July grilling so they can learn how!

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Involve the kids in your Fourth of July grilling so they can learn how!

Go Meatless

Another healthy grilling option is to say goodbye to the meat altogether.

Consider grilling broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, red, yellow and green peppers, and corn.

Vegetables add delicious flavor, and they make a beautiful plated presentation. Be sure and add some seasoning as well for an added punch.

Add Something Sweet

We bet you’d love something sweet to finish off your meal. While that usually is packed with calories, consider grilling some fruit for your final course.

We love grilled bananas, but you can also grill apples, peaches, pears and plums.

Stop by your local farmers market for your fruit and grab some local honey to drizzle on your fruit once it’s cooked.

Looking for a new grill? We’ve got you covered with Big Green Egg, Trager, Saber and more! Stop by one of our three locations today!