Here in Cumbria when the sun starts to show its face, we immediately get a bit excited, pull the barbeque out and make the most of it. The ‘barbeque smell’ is one of my favourites and I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like a barbeque, so here are some simple tips for keeping it healthy:

  1. Get the fish on. Grilled fish tastes great! Try salmon, trout or herring for a good source of omega 3 fatty-acids.
  2. Breast is best. When cooking chicken or turkey on the grill, go for breast cuts instead of the fattier legs or thighs.
  3. Trim the fat. Cut off any visible fat from your meats prior to cooking.
  4. Marinade your meats. Coat your meats prior to cooking to improve flavour and lower the risk of carcinogenics forming while you cook.
  5. Get the skewers out. Mixing meat and veg on a skewer keeps your food interesting and makes it a lot easier to cook on an open grill.
  6. Compliment with salads. A nice colourful salad goes so well with barbeque cooked meats. Go for leafy greens, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, etc. Very refreshing!
  7. Don’t forget the fruits. When grilled, some fruits taste really really good. Try pineapple, peaches and plums. As we know, fruits are loaded with vitamins and low in calories!
  8. Summer smoothies. Nothing beats a nice cold smoothie on a warm afternoon. As well as cooling you down, a fresh fruit smoothie is loaded with vitamins and minerals.
  9. Pay attention to portions. Portion control still counts when cooking outdoors! Try not to over-indulge in the warm weather.
  10. Keep active. After the barbeque, why not go for a nice walk in the sun? Or perhaps you could have a game of rounders or some other outdoor games.

Does anyone have any barbeque favourites? Reply in the comments below! Also, if you’re looking for some tasty grilled chicken recipes, check out this article from our friends over at Yard Day!