4 Healthy Grilling Tips

By: Chef Carrie Walters | Culinary Director
On: June 01, 2016

Like every cooking technique, there are simple ways that you can infuse grilling with healthy tips and tricks. Here we’ve gathered just a few. For additional advice on grilling, check out our article "The Do’s & Don’ts to Make the Tastiest Grilled Grub."

1. Cut the protein into serving sizes first before grilling.
This way you can control portion sizes and the final grilled item will be more attractive on the plate.

2. Keep it simple.
Let the quality of your ingredient shine through by sticking to these four grill enhancers that are good for you: Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, black pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. This works great on not only fish, but also steak, lamb, and vegetables.

3. Don’t limit yourself.
Eggplant, squash, asparagus, radicchio, fennel, artichokes, broccolini, even Brussels sprouts are delicious brushed with a little olive oil and grilled. Grilling helps add another flavor component to vegetables—the higher heat caramelizes the vegetables, which adds a natural sweetness and richer flavor.

4. Don’t be shy—try fruit, too.
Go beyond pineapple and try peaches, strawberries, and even watermelon! All you have to do is lightly brush with a little vegetable oil and lightly char on grill. For a healthy sweet treat, pile grilled fruit on a slice of grilled angel food cake!