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Tips for Delicious (and healthy) Grilled Foods
Created on 7/6/2012

The lazy, hazy days of summer also bring to mind an enjoyable way to prepare meals for family and friends - grilling!

Breaking out the grill / barbecue makes almost everyone smile, and for good reasons - grilling is fun, makes for delicious meals, and usually means there's added reason for celebration or even just kicking back and enjoying the day.

So it's agreed that grilling can make foods especially tasty.

And it's a good idea to take just a few precautions when grilling to make certain the foods you eat are healthy for you, too.

I'm not throwing water on your charcoal - honest!

These simple steps can help provide not only a good taste to your food, but also added safety for you and your loved ones.

Some things to keep in mind:

- marinate all cuts of meat for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling - doing so helps add moisture and flavor to your food, and also helps limit the formation of potentially harmful chemicals during high temperature cooking like grilling. Good marinade components can include spices such as ginger, turmeric and rosemary, as well as vinegar and lemon juice

- use a meat thermometer to make sure the food is cooked all the way through - always grill meats to their recommended internal temperatures (you can find a safe food temperature guide and other useful tips here -

- once you use a marinade for a specific cut of meat, toss it - do not reuse the marinade 

- try not to char meat, or at least be sure to cut away the charred portion and throw it away - I know some of you enjoy eating the charred parts, but it's really not good for you. To help prevent charring, trim the fat before grilling and cook a little more slowly by using medium to medium-low heat
- consider a little pre-cooking - place the meat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds immediately before putting it on the grill - this dries the meat out just a little, which makes it less likely that the juices will fall into the coals / grilling elements resulting in flame-ups

By the way, you don't have to take the same precautions when grilling vegetables.

Simple precautions like those listed above don't take away from your enjoyment of grilling - they are easy, and can add to the flavor of the foods you prepare.

And help keep you and your loved ones healthy, too.

Happy summer! Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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