If you want to kick-start a healthy eating plan, start with fresh fruits and whatever delicious vegetables are in-season (or frozen at the peak of freshness). And when it’s warm enough, add grilling to the healthy mix. Here are a few ways to open your eyes and taste buds to the joys of healthy eating.
1. Enjoy your produce
Once you have your fruits and vegetables, it's time to enjoy them! You can grill vegetables as kebabs, in a grill basket or in foil packets. You can add steamed or roasted veggies to whole grain pasta, potato salad, or meat salads. Or, chop up raw veggies to mix into salads or top off tacos. Fruit can be fun and refreshing, too. Add it to salsa, salads, and yogurt. You can even grill certain fruits like pineapple wedges, halved peaches and mango sections—just lightly coat the grill with cooking spray before you fire it up and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Add herbs
Fresh herbs, which may be grown in a garden or windowsill, are a great way to add flavor to almost any dish. In salads, they can replace fatty, salty dressings. With meats and vegetables, they can bring out more flavor. (By growing your own herbs, you may also save money.) For starters, try basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, and rosemary. Get adventurous with peppery, fresh parsley and thyme, which is a mix of mint and citrus flavors.
Here are some ways you can add herbs to your meals:
Top pizza and salads with basil
Mix cilantro into salsas and chutneys
Add dill to omelets and yogurt dressing
Blend mint into marinades for meat and vegetables
Sprinkle oregano on lamb, beef, and beans
Put parsley in salads and pasta dishes
Rub rosemary on fish or poultry
Toss thyme into boiling water to flavor rice or pasta
Fire up the grill
Grilling can be a fun and healthy way to prepare fruits and vegetables, yes, and also meats. It’s fast and may cook off much of the fat. And you can go beyond hot dogs and burgers. Choose lean cuts of beef, including sirloin and loin cuts, chicken breasts, turkey, and fish. Grilling is also a way to tenderize meat for more flavor and add texture without adding fat. Marinate meats and fish in salsa, low-calorie salad dressing, wine, or citrus juices. Enjoy!
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