Grilling Your Way to a Slimmer You


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Grilling is more than just another way to cook, for some it is a lifestyle. Between grilling competitions and family cook-offs, grilling has woven itself into American culture and can actually be a healthy part of our daily lives. When compared to other forms of cooking, grilling can actually bring several health benefits to the table. Here are a few of our favorites.

Less Fat: Typically when you cook something on the stove or in the oven, the fat found in the food stays with the food throughout the cooking process. When you grill, the extra fat drips off of the food eliminating it from your meal. Think of a fresh hamburger off the grill, then mentally compare it to one from the frying pan. In the pan the fat has no place to go and is often reabsorbed by the meat.

Veggie Vitamins: Traditional methods for cooking and preserving vegetables often eliminate much of their nutritional value. Boiling, blanching, and canning all strip away important nutrients. When grilled, vegetables retain more of their minerals and vitamins, especially if they naturally have a lower water content. Fresh, in-season veggies thrown on the grill are nutritious and delicious!

Less Sauce and Butter: Many people add butter and other sauces to their food, not for flavor, but because it is dry. Once you have mastered the art of a seared outside and juicy inside, you'll be serving up hot, moist food and laying off the butter for sure. Plus the grill will lock in additional flavor traditionally lost in the kitchen.

While you may like the flavor of a charcoal grill, many store-bought charcoals contain dangerous chemicals which can get into your food. Gas grills are a healthier alternative. As Hank Hill was fond of saying, "you taste the food, not the fuel."

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