Warm weather is still here and with both college and NFL football underway there is a good chance you will be spending some time outdoors this weekend. Whether you are tailgating at a stadium or in your own backyard, there is also a good chance that a grill will be involved—and we’ve got some culinary inspiration for you.
Grilling doesn’t have to be limited to hamburgers and hotdogs! We talked to two dietitians—sports dietitian Ellen Davis, RD, CSSD, LD and Erin Thole, MS, MBA, RDN, CSSD, LDN—to help you put a healthy spin on this weekend’s grub to not only help you get creative, but also make sure you are getting nutrients to power your weekend.
In need of some grilling tips? First, invest in a good thermometer. “When preparing different cuts of meat or seafood on the grill, utilize a meat thermometer to ensure minimum internal temperatures have been met to reduce the risk for food borne illness,” urges Davis.
Second, pay extra attention to the cut of meat when grilling. “If you are grilling a fatty piece of meat be mindful that the fat drippings can cause flame flare up that creates smoke and carcinogens,” adds Thole. “Rather, grill lean cuts of meat to reduce smoke flare ups.”
Don’t have a grill or sufficient outdoor space? No problem! You can invest in a cast iron grill pan, which will work, too! You don’t have to be left out of the fun.
Now, plan your feast with these meats, seafoods and vegetables that you can grill up this weekend.