Who doesn’t love the smell of grilling in the summer? Grilling foods can be a great alternative to heating up the house with the oven this time of year. And you don’t have to save the grill for Memorial Day through Labor Day. It makes our long winters go faster, too.

Grilling also can be a healthier way to prepare food. After the usual brats, burgers and hot dogs, think about grilling different types of meats or even fruits and vegetables.

Kabobs are my personal favorite. You can individualize kabobs to suit any palette. Try chicken, beef, venison, bison, pork, shrimp or even fish. Add mushrooms, peppers, onions, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, pineapple or mangoes. You can make them all vegetables or all fruit. Some people use fruit kabobs as a fun barbeque dessert. Visit allrecipes.com for yummy recipes and marinades you can add to your kabobs.

I invite you to download this PDF and try some recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables into grilling. Bon appetit!

~ Heather Fortin, RD, CSP, CD, clinical dietitian specialist, Diabetes/Endocrine Department, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Heather Fortin, RD, CSP, CD

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