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Grill Healthier With These Five Tips

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We all know how great food tastes when it’s prepared on a propane grill. But can that great-tasting food also be healthy? You bet it can!

Follow these five simple tips to make your Memorial Day grilling menu as nutritious as it is delicious:

Healthy Propane Grilling Tips

  1. Cook food thoroughly – Use a food thermometer to make sure your meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach their safe minimum internal temperature. You can learn more about food thermometers here.
  2. Prevent HCAs and PAHs – Cancer-causing Heterocyclic Amines (HCA) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) can form when you cook high fat meats at high heat for long periods. Use leaner cuts of beef, pork, or skinless chicken in smaller sizes (skewers work great), combined with a PAH/HCA-busting marinade (olive oil + mint family herbs such as basic, mint, rosemary, thyme, and oregano) to minimize PAH/HCA formation.
  3. Get inspired – Do some simple research and find the perfect healthy recipe for your friends and family. Here are some healthy grilling recipe resources to help you get started:
  4. Add color – Tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, pineapple, mango, and even apples are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They taste great on the grill, too!
  5. Make it yourself – Swap the traditional store-bought baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni salad and potato salad – which are usually loaded with saturated fat, sodium and sugar – for healthier homemade versions. Salads – bean, fruit, or leafy green – are also great.

Have a happy, healthy grilling summer!

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