Grill Your Way to a Healthy New Year
It’s funny how after the NYC ball drops every year, we tend to drop the ball on our short-lived health goals. We ask ourselves why such passion and motivation for our health turns back into old habits so quickly. The answer usually involves three concepts: time, money, & human interest.
As we know (but sometimes refuse to admit), “getting healthy” is not accomplished by a mere quick fix. The idea of a lifestyle change is what truly drives results. Adding a Grilla Grill to your deck or cooking space will not only help you make better food choices, but ultimately help you maintain this lifestyle change. All. Year. Round.
Yes, there are absolutely nutritional benefits to grilling your food. Grilling adds flavor without adding calories. You end up eating less fat, as the grease drips off into the grill grates. Vegetables retain more of their nutrients. And overall, people tend to eat more protein and vitamins and less carbs with the types of food that goes on the grill.
While these are all important, let’s also examine how Grilla Grills can help us overcome the three factors that often deter us from our healthy lifestyle change: time, money and human interest.
As busy humans, we are definitely pulled in a million different directions. But do we really mean it when we utter excuses like the following?
- “I don’t have time to go to the gym because I have to cook dinner.”
- “I don’t have time to cook dinner because I have to run errands.”
- “I don’t have time to cook dinner because I am too tired.”
Our hearts are probably in the right places, but schedules are busy, and grocery stores can be even busier. We get it. However, set it and forget it isn’t just a catchy phrase used by wood pellet grill retailers. It’s the key to fitting a healthy meal into your daily schedule. Besides, studies have shown that most of us can find time to spend at least four hours daily on our devices. If we can put aside minutes to swipe and click, we can definitely find moments to toss together healthier entrees and side dishes.
The advantage of grilling on a wood pellet grill, such as the Grilla or Silverbac, is that it can be as simple as seasoning your food, throwing it on the grill, and going back to checking things off your to-do list before dinner. You definitely have time to do that.
Looking for other ways to maximize your time available to make delicious, nutritious food? Here are some ways to start:
- Create grocery lists and buy your meats ahead of time. That way, you will have them when you need them.
- Stock up on your favorite types of smoker wood pellets so you can add the right nuances of flavor to your meal.
- Vary your diet between your favorite meats, poultry and seafood. Remember, too, that you can cook veggies or even wrapped tofu on your Grilla Grill smoker.
Many people claim that they have trouble following healthy eating habits because they spend too much money on convenient, fast food. Yet they may not realize that the cost of fast food can add up quickly. Heading through drive-thrus may seem like a money-saver, but it only fuels your body with fatty, unhealthy items. Plus, it can munch up your savings. Every day, more than a third of the American population hands over money for fast food. Isn’t it better to invest in fresh, healthy ingredients and high-quality cooking implements like a smoker grill?
Purchasing a grill is a large investment, no doubt about it. But economically speaking, we know that going out to eat with a family of 4 multiple times a week can add up quickly. Not to mention the gas it takes to make the extra trip in your car. Whether you are looking at a wood pellet grill, like the Grilla or Silverbac, or a charcoal grill like the Kong, cooking at home becomes a much more frequent occurrence. If you’re considering spending a lot of money on a quality grill/smoker, of course you are going to want to use it! In fact, you will likely find yourself looking for excuses to use it and get the advantages of grilling food. After all, it is tons of fun to make meals that taste like you spent hours on them, even though you did not.
Do yourself a favor and head to the grocery store for homemade meals for half the cost. Buying in bulk and preparing portioned meals for the week may also save more than a few bucks long term. Your waistline AND your wallet will thank you.
Want other money-saving tips to go along with your new-found love for smoking meats, poultry, seafoods and veggies in your Grilla Grill? Check these out:
- Start clipping all those paper or electronic coupons. A few dollars saved per shopping trip will add up over time and help you pay for your smoker.
- Look for deals on meats at your favorite grocer. Buy a used, but working, freezer to keep cuts of meat and poultry fresh for months. Freezers can be quite affordable, even if you decide to buy one new.
- Make good use of leftovers rather than allowing them to go bad. Eat them for lunch, or repurpose smoked meats to eat in sandwiches or on top of salads.
There is something about barbecuing that inspires a sense of community in people. One of the reasons we can’t stick to a diet or workout regiment is because we simply lose interest. It’s difficult to change and no longer becomes fun for us to try.
Making sure your mind is healthy is just as important as physical health, and often go hand in hand. Grilling out with friends and family is healthy for your physical and mental being. The social atmosphere and being around and eating with loved ones is one of the best ways to stay committed to your lifestyle change and habits.
Another reason we lose interest in healthy eating is because we get hung up on boring, plain food. The grill gives us SO many more option to mix it up and mindfully satisfy our cravings. Not to mention, Grilla Grills has an entire recipe page dedicated to helping you diversify your food choices.
For example, check out….
Healthy Grilling Recipes
Chipotle Turkey Burgers
This recipe can be made with ground beef or chicken instead of turkey, but this is our take on eating a little healthier. If you can’t find a chipotle in adobo sauce, feel free to just use a jalapeño and chop it up and add a little barbecue sauce to compensate for the lost adobo.
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- ½ C chopped onion
- 2 TB chopped cilantro
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 TB Grilla AP Rub
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- 4 hamburger buns
Preheat either your Silverbac, Kong, or Grilla to 300 degrees. Place turkey, onion, cilantro, chile pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt and rub in mixing bowl. Mix well and form into 4 patties.
Cook the turkey burgers until the turkey is no longer pink in the middle, at least 165 degrees. This will take about 7 minutes per side on a pellet grill (Silverbac or Grilla) and 3 to 4 minutes per side on a charcoal grill (Kong). Just before the patties are removed from the grill, top with the cheese and serve.
If you are looking to keep all the carbs out of the dish, skip the bun and eat like a hamburger steak with sautéed onions and mushrooms. If you want less carbs but something still handheld, these are great in a wrap with some ranch dressing and tomato and lettuce.
We have lots of healthy recipes and we would love to be a part of your journey. Also, check out our friend @VegetarianMamma (https://www.facebook.com/vegetarianmamma/) for other great vegan/gluten free recipes on the grill.
A Final Note: Are Smoker Grills Healthy?
Many consumers remain confused as to whether or not pellet grills and smoker grills are safe and produce healthy cooked items. The basic answer is that scientists do support people eating grilled meats and other foods. However, to avoid any problems related to possible heightened carcinogen risks associated with cooking meats at high temperatures, nutritionists recommend taking a few steps.
First, clean your smoker between every usage. This reduces the build-up of old food particles. Next, avoid overcooking foods by slow cooking them and checking the temperature frequently to prevent burning. While cooking, keep meats clear of the flame. After a cut of meat has cooked, remove any burned areas and discard them before serving.
Now kick back and celebrate as you grill your way to health.
Happy New Year from Grilla Grills!