For some of us, even the though of letting go of cheese from our diet is scary. Saying no to juicy, greasy burgers somehow does not even occur to us. However, with food habits that are driving our bodies down the rabbit hole, we have to take stock and make amends wherever we can.
If you are a fan of the barbecue, there are indeed ways in which you can make this style of cooking healthy. Just a few adjustments here and there and some great tips and tricks can help you achieve techniques that indeed help improving health.
Let us help you identify what you can do to make grilling at home a little healthy.
1) Choose Quality
The process of grilling healthy starts from the supermarket, when you are picking your chicken, meat and fish. Be sure to pick pasture raised, sustainably raised, free-range chicken or grass fed beef. When looking for fish, keep a look out for organic far raised fish or simply buy wild fish. Salmon is definitely the best choice when it comes to fish, as it is very rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that have a number of health advantages for your skin and overall health as well. Tuna and Swordfish should be avoided, as they are high in mercury content.
Animals raised in the natural environments are the healthiest, and you should know that the best meat will only come from healthy animals. Sustainably raised animals are not subjected to antibiotics like factory raised animals, and therefore do not have excess negative hormones which can be bad for you.
2) Always Marinate
Marinades not only make your food taste amazing, in fact they also make them safe. How is that? Well, a simple and quick marinade of lemon juice, cider vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, brown sugar and olive oil can help reduce carcinogenic compounds that are found in finished products by a whopping 90%.
It is known that marinating draws of chemical precursors of carcinogenic compounds.
3) Cancer Causing Char
For those who loved the char that grilling meat gives it, you should know that food cooked over high heat and charred is exposed to cancer causing agents. Two carcinogens are a product of charred meat – PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and HCAs (heterocyclic amines). While it is important too, to cook your meat completely before you eat it, it is also important that you indulge in minimum charring to stay clean of cancer causing compounds.
4) Add a Dash of Health!
Most people are under the misconception, that it is the fat part of the beef that is scrumptious. Lean ground beef is where the entire flavor actually lies. When looking for ground beef, choose the one that is at least 90 % lean. By using ingredients that are healthy in your burger, you can not only enjoy the taste but also make it healthy. Sautéed onions, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, feta, olives and other healthy food items in your burger can give you a complete health package. To top it all, make sure you use whole grain buns to extract more fiber from the meal.
5) Add color!
When you pair up tow powerful nutritional food sources they work well together to give your body greater strength. For instance Vitamin C and iron when paired are great for your body. In between meals, when you feel like indulging in a mouthful of BBQ, instead of opting for a grilled burger, slide on some chicken breast, prawns, shrimp, salmons, tofu, lean beef or monkfish along with wholesome veggies or fruits like mushrooms, plums, peaches, peppers, onions, eggplant, pineapples, broccoli and anything you like. Simply brush it with some marinade or healthy olive oil and cook them over a BBQ and eat to stay healthy.
6) Greener Sides
BBQ meals are always served with some sides, for those who like it greasy will serve them with a fat portion of French fries or salads that are in the least healthy. Try and avoid the French fries and make rich salads with green vegetables like arugula, watercress or spinach. You could also cook spinach or kale with some cracked garlic and serve it super hot. Serving these salads with disease fighting herbs like parsley or basil is a good idea.
A few ideas can indeed go a long way in helping you stay healthy and live a good life. Your holistic nutritionist will help you understand the benefits of grilling healthy better and also give you great ideas that you can use to live a life that is rich in health and not grease.
You can satiate your hunger by gorging on yummy and healthy delights instead of clogging your arteries with food that are bad for your heart. Specialized Homeopath centers around the city too offer health revitalizing solutions that can help you fight disease and the damage that these harmful foods that caused you.
So, change the way you eat and change the way you live, with just a little help from alternative medicine.