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Nutrition Corner

Fun with Summertime Grilling

By Michelle Davis, RD, LDN
Bariatric Dietitian at BIDMC

We New Englanders have been basking in the warm sunshine this summer, our cold and snowy winter all but forgotten. Most of us dusted off the grill as soon the temperatures began to climb, to use as a cooking staple throughout the summer. What foods do most of us think of when grilling — probably hot dogs and hamburgers? Well, there is much more beyond burgers when it comes to the grill! Check out these tips for a fun twist on summertime grilling.

Flatbread Pizza and Quesadillas

grilled pizzaWho doesn’t love wood-fired pizza? With the grill, you can make it at home! Thinly roll out whole wheat dough and top with your favorite vegetables, lean meats and low fat cheeses. Throw it on the grill and cover until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the crust is lightly browned. Remove with a large spatula/oven mitt and enjoy.

Looking for a quick and easy yet delicious dinner? Place one whole wheat tortilla on the grill, top with low fat cheese and your favorite veggies and/or lean meat, and top with a second whole wheat tortilla. Grill both sides and enjoy with your favorite salsa and low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt.


Another store-bought fruit salad? No, thanks! Try putting sliced peaches, peeled bananas, apples, pineapples and pear slices on the grill for a fun twist on fruit salad, or to add to salads and side dishes. Make fruit skewers with your favorite fruits and serve with veggie and meat skewers for a themed BBQ.


grilled veggiesSkewer tomatoes, onions, peppers, and summer squash. Grill for a quick and easy side dish.

Try making foil packets to grill veggies that may be too small, such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, asparagus, artichokes, garlic cloves, mushrooms and peppers. Cut your veggies into uniform sizes so they cook evenly. A splash of water may be needed for veggies like potato and carrot to create some steam for even cooking.

Ready to ditch the grilling standards and try something new? I hope so! Happy Summer and grilling to all!


Above content provided by the Weight Loss Surgery Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

August 2014

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