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According to WebMD, you can add bold flavors to your barbecue to make them taste great…without adding too many calories or too much fat. Some ideas include:

Worcestershire sauce: 2 tablespoons contain 30 calories, 0 grams fat, and 390 milligrams sodium

Chili sauce: 2 tablespoons contain 40 calories, 0 grams fat, and 960 milligrams sodium (depending on brand)

Tomato paste: 2 tablespoons contain 30 calories, 0 grams fat, and 20 milligrams sodium

Molasses: 2 tablespoons contain 120 calories, 0 grams fat, and 40 milligrams sodium

Don’t be afraid of adding a little sugar! Ingredients like brown sugar, honey or molasses can further enhance flavor, and can go well with many different spicier marinades. However, don’t add to much, or else you’ll run the risk of burning your food.

What’s even better is that many marinades have some surprising health benefits all on their own. For example, tomato paste contains lycopene, which is an antioxidant that fights the free radicals that can interfere with normal cell growth and potentially lead to cancer, heart disease and premature aging.

Also, Worcestershire sauce contains vitamin E and B6, which boosts your immune system.

2. VEGGIES!!!

Have you noticed how much better many vegetables seem to taste when they’re grilled?

Marinating vegetables will help them caramelize better when they’re grilled, and it’s the caramelization that brings out the very best flavors. Place vegetables in a marinade for about an hour before putting them on the grill. Or, coat the vegetables with a little olive oil or canola oil.

According to chefs, the trick to grilling vegetables is cutting them into shapes and sizes that cook well on the grill. When you cook them over direct medium heat, turning frequently, they’ll usually be done in 8-10 minutes (sometimes less, depending on the vegetable).

Some of the best vegetables to grill include:

  • Red, white, or sweet onion, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds.
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mushrooms. Grill portabellas like a burger or them cut into thick slices; grill small mushrooms strung on a skewer or kabob.
  • Eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
  • Asparagus spears. Just trim off the white end and grill the spears whole.

3. PROTEIN!!!

Like vegetables, grilling brings out the savory goodness of many different meats. And you already know that lean meat is a great source of vital protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that your body uses to build new cells, maintain tissues, and synthesize new proteins that make it possible for you to perform basic bodily functions.

Here are the healthiest types of meat you should be grilling:

  • Chicken (take the skin off…just do it)
  • Steak (trim the visible fat)
  • Pork tenderloin

The Best Benefits Of 4th Of July Barbecues was originally published on elev8.com

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