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Healthy Grilling Tips

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Posted by: on July 12, 2010

You might remember us telling you about July as National Grilling Month. Of course we don’t know of anyway to celebrate this month other than enjoying America’s favorite protein: beef! The best news is that you can grill your way to better health, all while using beef! Lean beef is low in fat, high in protein and packed with essential nutrients. Plus there are 29 lean cuts to choose from, meaning they have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3½ -ounce serving. With so many lean options, it is easy to incorporate this delicious option into your healthy grilling menu.

All of these lean beef options – including exciting new choices like the Ranch steak and more traditional favorites such as T-Bone steak and 95 percent lean ground beef – may make you question which to choose. With the Interactive Meat Case you’ve got the resources you need to learn more right at your fingertips! This new online tool including cut descriptions, recipes and cooking tips.

As you fire up your grill, here are just a few simple steps to delicious and healthy grilling with the 29 lean cuts:,

Farm Fresh
Lean beef pairs well with seasonal fruits and vegetables that are bountiful during the spring and summer. Step outside of the traditional grilling fare of burgers and corn-on-the-cob by serving your guests a cool salad made with crisp romaine and arugula, grilled sweet bell peppers and zucchini and top with slices of grilled Flank steak. For dessert: grill stone fruits such as peaches or apricots and serve with low fat frozen yogurt.

Mouthwatering Marinades
Opt for marinades with little or no sugar to help protect meat from charring. Instead, try a taste bud-tantalizing, yet simple and tenderizing marinade by using an acidic ingredient like lemon or lime juice, balsamic vinegar or wine or a natural tenderizing enzyme found in fresh ginger, pineapple, papaya and figs.

Avoid the Burn
For even browning and cooking, turn occasionally using a spatula for burgers and tongs to turn steaks and kabobs. Do not press, flatten or pierce the meat as flavorful juices will be lost, which can also lead to fire flare-ups. And, cut off any burnt or charred pieces before eating should minimal overcooking occur.

Visit for recipes, nutrition information and to learn more about how to include naturally nutrient-rich lean beef during your next grilling occasion.

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