Summer is all about kicking back with friends and family.
Grilling is a common theme during the warmer months. However, when big groups come over you may fret over how to serve them all a deliciously good meal. With these tips and tricks, you’ll have a tasty and healthier meal that’ll make people confidant enough to eat in their bathing suits!
5 Ideas for a Healthy Group Grill
• Choose Chicken: This protein tends to be a cheaper option than red meat and most fish. Highlight the dish with different seasoning and topping options!
• Veggie Mix: Along with a light protein, include a fun mix of veggies for those who aren’t into eating meat. Peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplants, and tomatoes are all good to roast on the grill – either as a veggie kabob or light side.
• Smart Oil Choices: *A study shows Mazola® corn oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Choose Mazola® corn oil when grilling your meats and veggies as it has a neutral taste, so it brings out the flavors of your favorite foods!
• Low-Cal Cocktails: Just because you’re going for healthier options doesn’t mean you and your group can’t have a little drink here or there. Choose red wine (**can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease) or a classic vodka tonic instead of overloaded sugary drinks. For those opting for red wine, choose a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah or Pinot Noir as they have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which help in reducing production of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (also know as "bad" cholesterol).
• Potluck Party: Why worry about cooking a ton of food when everyone can bring over a dish? Encourage everyone to bring a unique and healthy food option so you all can try new, tasty and good-for-you dishes!
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to grill in that itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, ye- OK you get the gist.
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This article is sponsored by Mazola®.
* Benefits of corn oil compared to extra-virgin olive oil consumption on the plasma lipid profile in men and women with elevated cholesterol: results from a controlled feeding trial. Poster session presented at: American Society for Nutrition’s Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition Conference; 2013 Dec 5-7; Washington, D.C. Study sponsored in part by ACH Food Companies, Inc.
** American Heart Association. Red wine and Your Heart. Available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/111/2/e10.full.