It’s FINALLY summer, check out this Hawaiian style flavorful meal. Time to enjoy all the delicious seasonal foods.
I love grilling. Using the grill to heat up a macro bowl with lean meat, veggies and yes fruit, is a quick and easy way to make a balanced meal and fuel up for some fun in the sun. It’s obviously much healthier than frying or coating foods in batter or butter but it also adds a unique flavor without the extra calories! Try something new and add fruit to the grill mix. Pineapples and peaches are great fruits to start with. Having fruits and veggies with grilled meat is a fantastic meal option because it adds in some extra antioxidants and complex carbohydrates without the processed meats and carbs.
Tips to Reduce the Risks of Cancer while Grilling
Grilling is a great way to cook food and to add a flair to your meals, but it can be dangerous if not done in the right way.
- Marinating meat for at least 30 minutes can reduce the formation of HCAs (The American Institute for Cancer Research).
- Choose lean meats because when fat and juices drip down into the grill, flames flare up and create more smoke, which leads to carcinogen formation
- Avoid processed meats
- Avoid charring, cooking meat for a long time leads to formation of carcinogens, since it’s exposed to more smoke and flames.
- Try fish, which cooks significantly quicker or make sure chicken or beef are cut into cubes of meat (takes less time to cook). Using skewers works too!
- Clean the grill, scrape off that build up
Add fruits and veggies, phytochemicals found in fruits and veggies may actually reduce certain types of cancer.
Pineapple Chicken Macro Bowl
- Heat grill to 300 degrees F.
- Chop veggies into desired sized pieces. In a large bowl, add veggies, olive oil and spices and mix together. Wrap veggie mix all together in tinfoil, fold into a pouch (in picture above). Cook 15-20 minutes.
- Place marinated chicken on grill. Cook 10-15 minutes or until throughly cooked. Top with dried basil and oregano or spices of choice.
- Sear slices of pineapple for 2-5 minutes.