Green and Healthy Grilling Tips

Plan accordingly to make your summer barbecue green and healthy.

| June 2010 Web

  • Fire up the grill this summer with more than just meat. Grilled vegetables are a great addition to the classic barbecue menu.
    Photo By D'Arcy Norman/Courtesy Flickr

What says summer more than firing up the grill for a barbecue party? With a little planning, your barbecue can be healthier for you and for the planet. By choosing the right meat or vegetarian option, charcoal and dishware, you can have a green and healthy barbecue.

Shopping

Buying organic meat is the first step to having a healthier barbecue party. Choose organic, grass-fed beef that is free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Fish is another great barbecue option—cod and salmon both have low mercury levels and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Find sustainable seafood suppliers at Fishchoice.com.



Avoid conventional hot dogs and bratwurst, which contain harmful nitrates used to preserve the meat. Nitrate-free options are available.

For a vegetarian option, consider either buying organic veggie burgers or making your own. Try this recipe made from lentils for a delicious, meat-free option.






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