08 August 2011

Healthy food on the braai

Lean meats, veggies and marinades are good options for a braai, expert advises.

Choosing healthy foods to braai – and even braaing with marinades instead of high-fat sauces – can help reduce your risk of heart disease as well as stroke, experts say.

"Grilling lean meats and vegetables without heavy sauces are wonderful for the barbeque," explained Halpern in a society news release. "These can become your family's new favourites." A fresh salad and watermelon for dessert will make the meal complete, she suggested.

When firing up the grill, instead of braaing wors or chops, Halpern suggested choosing lean proteins that are lower in fat, kJ and cholesterol, such as chicken, fish, turkey, sirloin or veggie burgers. Halpern also pointed out that olive oil-based marinades and lemon juice are healthier ways to add flavour to grilled meats and vegetables.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat milk products
  • Lean meats, beans, eggs, nuts
  • Fish
  • Foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar


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