Stay Healthy at Your Next Cookout
When the weather is nice, you want to enjoy the outdoors. A barbecue is a great way to have fun with family and friends, but hamburgers and bratwursts aren’t always part of a nutritious diet. As we age, it’s important to consider our diets, so here are some ideas to keep in mind when you’re grilling for seniors:
A common issue among seniors is high cholesterol, and one way to counteract that is to avoid fatty food. Put a boneless, skinless, chicken breast on the grill for a low-fat, protein-packed meal. Also, there are a variety of options for meatless hot dogs that, surprisingly, taste like regular hot dogs without the fat.
You know what else is great on the grill and has tremendous health benefits? Seafood! Many nutrients in fish, like omega-3, provide so many benefits for our bodies. Some studies suggest that nutrients found in seafood may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues. Seafood may decrease the chances of developing chronic eye conditions, help relieve inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, and protect against bone loss. With all these health benefits, it’d be silly not to include some salmon or shrimp at your next cookout!
Fruits and vegetables are good for all ages, so they should be a part of all meals. A raw vegetable platter or fresh cut watermelon are a great addition to any BBQ, but don’t forget that you can also grill your veggies and fruit! Try some vegetable kabobs or slice up some pineapple and toss it on the grill. Yum! Check out some grilled fruit recipes at thespruceeats.com and some veggie recipes over at delish.com.
Always remember to consider your nutrition when you’re preparing for a cookout, especially when you’re grilling for seniors. It’s fairly easy to grill a tasty meal that is nutrient rich with minimal fat, and beneficial for all ages.