The Healthiest Thrill for Your Grill

By Krista Elliott

One of the great joys of summertime is the smell of grilling food wafting through the air. Goodness knows I love to do supper on the grill, and while I may not be a reality-show-worthy grillmaster, I know my way around a steak. And of course, while grilled veggies are delicious and delightful, my favorite thing to grill is meat. 

Choosing what meat to grill often just comes down to whatever it is my family feels like eating. However, with a little research, you can actually make some really healthy choices. With healthy cuts of meat and the fact that grilling requires very little fat (just a bit of oil for your grill), you can have a delicious supper that's great for you. 

But, which meat is the best choice? How do you choose the healthiest cuts of beef, chicken, pork, and more?

Beef: Oh, man. Steak. Does anything smell better on the grill? (The answer is no. Nothing smells better). A grilled steak is a gorgeous thing, and there's nothing wrong with a richly marbled porterhouse as a treat. But if you grill often, why not choose an equally delicious striploin? Loin cuts are naturally lower in fat, but still have that amazing steak flavor and juiciness. 

Poultry: Boneless, skinless breasts are definitely the leanest cuts, and when grilled with care, are juicy and delicious. I slap mine on the hottest grill I can get, and turn the burners off that are directly underneath, cooking them on indirect (but high) heat until done. And a grilled chicken breast is a great addition to a salad or pasta dish. 

Pork: As with beef, loin cuts tend to be leanest. And a grilled pork tenderloin, rubbed with garlic, oregano, and a bit of lime, is flavorful and satisfying -- you won't even miss the fat! Cooking them the same way as I cook the chicken breasts will get great results, every time. 

Lamb: Oh, NOW we're talking. If you haven't grilled lamb, then you're definitely missing out. Leaner than beef and stuffed with flavor, lamb is a natural fit for the grill. Whether you're grilling an entire leg of lamb, or cutting up a lean lamb shoulder into lovely kebabs with some tomatoes and zucchini, you simply can't go wrong. 

With the right techniques, you can turn even the leanest cuts of meat into a decadent, mouthwatering feast. And with the calories you save on your main course, maybe you can indulge in a bit of dessert. After all, everything in moderation, right?