Winter is here, and the cold weather has everyone craving hearty comfort food that gives us a feeling of warmth and happiness. As people tend to indulge more in rich and fatty food during the holiday season, it’s no wonder why our clothes seem to fit a bit snugger during this time of year. According to a National Institute of Health study, most people gain one to two pounds over the winter months, and apart from this winter weight gain, there is evidence that American adults gradually accumulate weight over the years.
To keep a trim waistline without saying no to your favorite foods, you can change the way you cook your meals to make them better for you, and one such cooking method that can help you stay healthy is grilling. Not only do you use less fat when cooking, but grilled food has an amazing taste that’s fit for even the most decadent time of the year. Here are some healthy barbecue ideas to avoid winter weight gain.
Choose lean and thin cuts of meat
Setting up a safe grilling area is the key to making healthy meals without starting accidental fires or sustaining injuries. If you’re using a flat top griddle on the patio, make sure that there’s three feet of space around the grill. Nothing flammable should be within that circle of space. Meanwhile, if you’re using an electric griller indoors, check the cords for any signs of wear, and turn it off when not in use. After ensuring that your cooking space and equipment are all in order, it’s time to do some shopping and select your meat.
To reduce your calorie and fat intake this winter, choose thin and lean cuts of meat for your barbecue. Consider getting sashimi-cut lean beef, and have your butcher slice pork belly into very thin slices. For steak, choose tenderloin, T-bone, or flank steak. Meanwhile, those who want poultry can pick skinless white meat chicken or turkey breast. You should also consider having a few meat alternatives, such as shrimp, Portobello mushrooms, or firm non-silken tofu.