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Healthy BBQ options For Ottawans This Summer

July 1st, 2018 Posted in Lifestyle

A recent news survey has revealed that 65% of Canadians prefer to grill on Canada Day more than any other day of the year. This was rivaled by Father’s Day at 55%. Whatever your favorite time to turn on the grill, the fact is that many Christians are getting together all over Ottawa this summer to celebrate their faith during the barbecue season. However, tradition doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with the same recipes time and time again? Just think of all the different ways you can create a healthy barbecue for yourself and your friends.

Lean and Mean

It’s easy to stick with what’s on offer in the supermarkets, but it’s often not always the best thing for your gut. As an example, a single hot dog has over 300 calories, a whole array of chemicals and all the meat is processed. You can easily take a healthy focus by choosing lean protein, quality cuts of meat and even fish (a seriously underrated choice). Didn’t Jesus feed a following of 5,000 with it? It seems like he had the right idea.

Food Tips and Magnificent Marinades

Who can say no to the flavors of an exceptional marinade? If you’ve got a great cut of meat, prepare an equally magnificent marinade, ideally for longer than two hours – this is a serious way of injecting some much needed flavour into the proceedings. But don’t these marinades have a fatty and oily consistency? There are numerous healthy alternatives to create low calorie marinades, for instance using zero fat yogurt, fresh fruit juices and spice rubs. Seasoning should never be neglected either, but opt for unrefined sea salt with more nutritional load.

Healthy Veg on the Side

Say bye to the level of bad fat and hi to healthy greens. The vast majority of Canadians find meat to be the center of BBQ attention; however, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a range of fresh accompaniments. Swap a few of the traditional slaws and baked beans with less fatty and sodium free alternatives such as green salads or spicy mixed beans.

Now you’re a bit more aware of nutrition, work out what you need and get as organized as you can so that when it’s time for your barbecue to shine, everything’s ready to run like clockwork. This year, let a healthy BBQ flavor bring out the best in your gathering of fun and faith.

By Lucy Wyndham

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