If you want to kick-start a healthy eating plan, summer may be an ideal time. There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables in season. And warm weather means you can grill outside. So open your eyes and taste buds to the joys of summer eating. Try these three ways to eat healthy this summer.
Once you have your fruits and vegetables, it's time to enjoy them! You can grill vegetables as kebobs, in a grill basket, or in foil packets. You can add steamed or roasted veggies to whole grain pasta, potato, or meat salads. Or chop up raw veggies to mix into salads or top off tacos. Fruit can be fun, too. Add it to salsa, salads and yogurt. You can even grill certain fruits like pineapple wedges, halved peaches, and mango sections. (Lightly coat the grill with cooking spray and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.)
Fresh herbs, which may be grown in a garden or windowsill, are great to season summer foods. In salads, they can replace fatty, salty dressings. With meats and vegetables, they can bring out their flavor. (By growing your own herbs, you may also save money.)
Herbs used in summer meals include basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano and rosemary. There’s also peppery, fresh parsley and thyme, which is a mix of mint and citrus flavors. Here are some ways you can add herbs to your food this summer:
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 hotdogs 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 texture without adding fat. Marinate meats and fish in salsa, low-calorie salad dressing, wine, or citrus juices.
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