Healthy summer grilling: meat portion sizes and Grilled Marinated Pineapple Pork Chop with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Posted Jun 03 2010 6:53am
Now that summer has finally arrived in the Mile High State, it’s grilling season. I’ve been taking advantage of it by firing up the grill every chance I get – even during the day when I eat lunch on the back deck. (One of the advantages of working from home!)
The video provides visuals of a hamburger, a pork chop, sliced turkey deli meat and a ham sandwich to help you understand the proper portion sizes recommended in the dietary guidelines. It also discusses protein requirements for children of different ages as well as adults. The video is a little dry, but it provides good info. You may want to also check out their videos on Salt in Meat Products , Preparing Hot Dogs for Toddlers , and What it Means to Be Lean Meat .
The registered dietitians and nutritionists at Structure House Weight Management, the residential weight loss program voted one of America’s Healthiest Diet by Health magazine, suggest these cooking strategies to keep summer grilling healthy:
Choose fresh, local ingredients. Not only is produce like fresh tomatoes, peppers, cherries and berries in season, but they’re on sale, too!
Make kabobs! Combine lean meats like shrimp and chicken with with seasonal fruits and veggies like tomatoes, pineapple, peppers, squash and onions.
Make healthier burgers using lean ground beef, bison meat (buffalo), venison (my family’s favorite), ostrich meat or even fish. Provide healthy condiments and vegetable toppings like sautéed mushrooms. Serve on thin, whole wheat buns. Make sure to check the ingredient labels on ketchup and buns for HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). Oroweat buns (like their Sandwich Thins ) and Hunts Ketchup have no HFCS. Organic store brand ketchups are another no-HFCS choice.
Use chicken or turkey hotdogs, which are lower in saturated fat.
The Structure House nutritionists also recommend using leaner cuts of meats and marinating them to add flavor without the extra fat.That’s why I like using pork chops, since they’re fairly lean and the portion size is already determined for you.