BBQ a Veggie

With our lifestyle change, I have discovered that grilling doesn’t always mean a steak, burgers or hot dogs. You can grill healthy, and yes – this includes veggies!

With our lifestyle change, I have discovered that grilling doesn’t always mean a steak, burgers or hot dogs. You can grill healthy, and yes – this includes veggies!


Here are some things I have grilled that came out great:


  • Turkey Burgers: I have prepared them with chopped red pepper, 1 egg, low-fat parmesan cheese and chicken spice that you would use as a seasoning for grilling. Combine all ingredients and make your patty.
  • Asparagus: Prep is easy! Drizzle olive oil, chopped garlic and mix together. Grill on low heat, just until they are a little brown or when you see them have a little bend.
  • Fresh Corn: I know this may not be the top pick for a veggie, but on the grill it is fantastic. I have learned that you need to soak the unhusked corn in water for at least 20 minutes. Next, place them on the grill, low heat, turn them and let the husk get a little burned. Once you see that, the corn is good to go. You don’t need butter or salt, because you are not boiling away the taste.

Don’t be afraid of the grill. Don’t look at it as a time to pack on the pounds – look at it as just another way to load up on the good flavors and have a good time with friends and family.


Until next time, good luck!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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