Healthy Barbecue Tips For Beginners

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Delicious BBQ Grilling Ideas: Healthy Barbecue Tips

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 6 healthy barbecue tips for beginners, as well as some BBQ grilling ideas to make your food taste delicious.

Is there any better smell than the scent of meat and vegetables grilling on the BBQ?

And better yet, when done right, barbecuing can actually be a quick and easy way to cook healthy food in bulk, and make it taste delicious.

Plus, grilling reduces the number of dirty dishes.

Here are 6 healthy barbecue tips for beginners to use the grill and make all kinds of flavorful food gains, without sugary and fattening sauces.

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6 Healthy Barbecue Tips:

1. By grilling the meat, the calorie content is reduced because:

2. Grilled vegetables taste amazing, so you eat more vegetables:

Grilling vegetables adds a whole new definition to the term flavor.

The grill gives them a juicy and crispy texture that turns “nature’s food” into a delicious treat.

Grill up some sweet potato, butternut squash, zucchini, and egg plant to get a healthy complex carbohydrate with your meal.

Healthy Barbecue Tips For Beginners

3. When you BBQ, 99% of the time the protein source is always the main food:

By now you know a healthy protein source, along with vegetables, should always be the main ingredient on your plate.
Barbecuing ensures you always get a healthy serving of muscle building protein.
Try BBQing: Steak, Fish, Shrimp, Chicken, Venison, Buffalo and Grass Fed Beef Burgers.

4. Use herbs, spices, and healthy marinades to add flavor to your meat and vegetables:

A simple dash of herbs and spices adds amazing flavor to meat and vegetables.

When adding herbs and spices to meat, press the herbs into the meat with a fork and then place it directly on the heated grill.

For veggies, brush veggies with a light amount of avocado oil or spray and then add herbs and spices.

Basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme add incredible flavor.

Stick to homemade marinades to add even more flavor to your meats and vegetables.

Stay away from packaged marinades that are high in sugar and loaded with preservatives and chemicals.

Marinade the food in a zip lock bag for a few hours in the FRIDGE. Don’t leave them to marinade on your counter.

5. Grilling to perfection:

One way to grill your veggies is by wrapping them in tin foil and placing directly on the grill.

This creates a tender and juicy veggie as it locks in the heat.

For a crispy effect, place the veggies directly on the grill or on a skewer, and remember to turn frequently.

Veggies usually take about 5-6 minutes. Asparagus, Egg Plant, Potatoes, Squash, and Zucchini can take longer (10-15 minutes).

Keep a close eye on them to ensure you don’t burn your vegetables.

Here are a few standard times for cooking your meat.

Times vary depending on size of meat and your barbecue:

  • Burgers (ground beef or buffalo): 10-16 minutes
  • Chicken Breast: 8-12 minutes total
  • Fish: 4-6 minutes (once fish becomes flakey)
  • Shrimp: 5-7 minutes
  • Steak: 8-14 minutes total (medium rare)

6. Always stay close by the grill to avoid burning food:

This should go without saying, but burning food can actually decrease the nutritional value of the food and it some cases can harm the body.

Always stay close by the grill.

Ladies and Gentlemen…start your grilling!!

That’s it Live Lean Nation.

With summer right around the corner, put your BBQ to use to help you reach your fitness goals.

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Thanks for watching, and keep Living Lean.


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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.

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