With Valentine’s Day right around the corner in the month of February, the focus is primarily on spending time with the ones we love and following our hearts. At BBQ Outlets, we daydream we love great BBQ and outdoor grilling, and we also care a lot about the health and well-being of our customers.
This is the perfect time for a Heart Health Month Challenge and for you to discover some of the healthiest types of grills from our wide range of available premium and luxury grill brands. Discover quick tips on how to eat better at a barbecue, and also enjoy some tasty, but simple, heart-healthy recipes!
Quick Tips on How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue
The American Heart Association has a few general diet and lifestyle recommendations that everyone can easily follow and implement if you aren’t already doing so. Besides getting the proper amount of calories every day and drinking plenty of water, your focus should also be on regular physical activity and the types of food you are eating at each meal.
Consider adding more color to your plate by including different types of grilled veggies and fruits. Many of these taste even better when grilled because the heat helps caramelize the natural sugars within the fruits and vegetables.
Also try using whole-grain foods and meals with little-to-no saturated fats, added salts, or sugars. We also recommend adding Meatless Mondays and other sources of protein that you may not normally include in your home-cooked grilling meal rotation.
Maybe you can’t ever see yourself giving up the beef that you love, and while we’re definitely not saying to do that either, there are some tricks you can use to help find the healthiest cut of meat to grill up on your new premium grill or smoker. Popular cuts like–strip steak, tenderloin, and top sirloin–all are excellent choices for consuming a leaner beef. A general rule of thumb is to look for the words “round” or “loin” associated with a cut of beef. See those and you’ll know you’re getting cuts that are leaner than most of those available at the store or butcher.
And please, never be afraid to reach out to a medical professional to receive advice that can be more specifically catered to your own dietary needs and lifestyle.
Simple Heart-Healthy Recipes
A Heart Health Month Challenge doesn’t have to be filled with boring, tasteless recipes. There are many ways to make the food you are grilling healthy and fulfilling. We have examples that you’ll want to make again and again. Maybe you’re a big fan of marinades or sauces or simply take pleasure in grilling during the colder months.
We rounded up our favorite and best simple healthy recipes for you to try this heart-warming month filled with laughter with loved ones. Create new memories around the outdoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit table, and have everyone leaving their empty plates behind with bellies filled with delicious BBQ.