MEALS SIZZLE WITH FLAVOR ON THE GRILL
National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition
settles in, Americans rely on backyard barbecues for
meal preparation - and for good reason. Grilling adds
sizzle to healthful eating and is a fun way to enjoy
a variety of foods. Preparing foods on the grill enhances
the flavors of garden-fresh produce, as well as the
savory taste of lean meat, poultry, and fish.
lean meat is a breeze on the barbecue.
cooking method like grilling (or broiling when you
need to take a rain check) is an easy way to trim
fat. Lean meats stay lean since, unlike frying, grilling
allows fat to drip away as meat cooks. To help keep
your outdoor options lean:
lean. Pork loin chops and tenderloin, skinless chicken
breasts, lean cuts of beef, and fish are good choices
for the grill. When buying any lean cuts of meat,
look for the words "loin" or "round"
in the name, such as pork tenderloin or beef eye of
fat. Trimming or removing visible fat prior to cooking
reduces total fat per serving by nearly 50 percent.
an eye for size. Portion control is just as important
as buying and preparing lean. The Food Guide Pyramid
recommends 5 to 7 ounces from the meat group each
day, which can be eaten as two 3-ounce servings or
as one larger portion. A cooked, trimmed 3-ounce serving
of meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck