These days, Memorial Day weekend is celebrated mainly by eating!
Statistics show that 818 hot dogs will be consumed every second.
While grilling is the cooking style of choice, there are ways to make it healthy.
Extension Agent Cheryl Kaczor says poultry needs to be cooked to 165 degrees, beef to 160 and fish to 145.
Don’t cover the grill with foil, place food directly on the slats, that way the grease drains off. Also, don’t limit your grilling just to meats.
“Get some asparagus or get some vegetables, squash or peppers are great. Maybe if you want to and you got a little bit of meat, make some kebobs. Corn is great and what you can do is instead of using a lot of butter, you can just put a little bit of olive oil on it and it makes your vegetables healthier,” said Kaczor.
She says fruits can be grilled too, especially pineapple rings and peaches.
You can also substitute grilled sweet potato slices for the bun on hamburgers, it’s a higher quality carbohydrate than white bread. And don’t char food until it’s black. overcooking brings out the carcinogens in food.