Kick Off Memorial Day With Healthy Grilling Tips From Westchester Expert

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Interested in a lean grilling season this Memorial Day? Nutrition expert Toby Amidor, MS, RD a Scarsdale resident and author of "The Greek Yogurt Kitchen" offers the following advice.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD nutrition expert and author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD nutrition expert and author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen. Photo Credit: Submitted

  • After marinating meat, toss the leftover marinade to avoid potentially making anyone in your family sick.
  • Meat isn’t the only thing the grill is good for. Try grilling peaches, watermelon, or apples and top with frozen yogurt or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.
  • To ensure your meat is cooked to the proper temperature, eye-balling the color isn’t enough. Checking the inside temperature with a meat thermometer is your best bet. You can purchase a meat thermometer where the temperatures are built-in from Bed, Bath, & Beyond or Target in the area.
  • Many barbecue sauces have added sugar that is tough to even spot under the ingredient list. Make your own rub using flavorful spices and use wood chips (like apple-wood or mesquite) to add even more flavor without the calories.
  • Skewers are a fabulous way to combine meats, fruits, and vegetables on the grill; to keep it healthy, try lean beef, pineapple, and bell peppers or a combo of chicken and grapes. It’s a tasty way to get your daily recommended amount of several food groups.

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