Healthy BBQs made easy

Orla Brady, Community Dietitian, HSE

BBQs often receive bad press for their high fat content because of the traditional fat laden burgers, sausages, ribs, and spicy chicken wings/legs.

Here are some tasty, simple and inexpensive tips to make your BBQ healthy and delicious to wow your nearest and dearest.

Choose lean cuts of meat, skinless chicken and turkey pieces, and vegetables to grill instead of the traditional burgers, sausages, or ribs. Cut the visible fat off meat and remove the skin from chicken breasts, wings, and legs (the visible fat on meat and skin on chicken is high in saturated fat ). Try marinating your meats to ensure your meats are moist and full of flavour.

Oily varieties of fish are high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to provide heart health benefits. Try tuna steaks and salmon fillets. Place a tuna steak or salmon fillet onto a sheet of tinfoil large enough to make an envelope around the fish.

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