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10 Global Healthy Grilled Recipes To Light Your Summer Fire

10 Global Healthy Grilled Recipes To Light Your Summer Fire

Forget greasy, charred burgers and those hot dogs that score a nutritional zero. Getting out your grill doesn’t need to mean you have to pile on the fat or calories. In fact, grilling can not only be one of the healthiest ways to cook, it’s also one of the tastiest. By taking global flavors straight to your backyard, you can enjoy all the charred, smoky goodness of healthy grilled recipes with a side of smug self-satisfaction.

Turkish Chicken & Vegetable Kebabs

The Turkish have been perfecting the art of healthy outdoor barbecuing for centuries now, so giving one of their favorites a whirl on your summer BBQ can make a nice, healthy change. Marinated, low-fat chicken breast is skewered on to kebabs with vegetables and grilled up to perfection. If you want to stretch the meat out a bit or get more veggies on your plate, just slide a few extra vegetables on. Serve it up the Turkish way with plenty of chili sauce and some cooling cacik dip, along with grilled pita and a lovely salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and parsley.

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Asian Grilled & Marinated Tofu

OK, so you knew that tofu was going to make it onto this list somewhere. Tofu certainly has its fair share of fans and foes, but grilling it might just change the mind of a hater. Low in both fat and calories, it’s perfect served between a bun as a burger, or even topping a salad of beautiful summer greens. If you’re unsure about the amounts the chef in our example video is using for his marinade, try this Asian ginger marinade that is great for tofu (and even meats as well!). Try it with a colorful vegetable stir fry and rice for a heartier meal.

Fiery Caribbean Scotch Bonnet Grilled Shrimp

When the temperature climbs higher in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, it seems that the spices get even hotter. We don’t pretend to understand why, but it works at cooling you down. Shrimp are a great source of protein and pretty easy to score throughout most of the country. Did you know that hot and spicy foods can also get your blood pumping, helping to keep your heart healthy and your metabolism in full drive? Try staying with that island vibe by serving this up with some traditional rice and peas, a cooling salad and lots of fresh fruit at the end.

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Mexican Grilled Fish Tacos

Ain’t no party like a taco party! Tacos are the ultimate food for a get-together, as everyone can customize their own taco, they’re perfectly munchable, and are quick and easy for any host to throw together. While many joints deep fry their fish for tacos, this recipe goes with the grill, making it an infinitely healthier choice. Be sure to serve with lots of homemade guacamole, homemade salsa and extra hot sauce for those who like it a bit more fiery. Even though the fish gets the lime treatment in the beginning, an extra wedge or two of lime never goes amiss here, either.

Make The Switch From Beef

You may love your tasty steaks and burgers, but have you ever considered any of the alternative meats out there on the market? Both ostrich and bison nutritionally knock out beef in everything from lower fat content and fewer calories to a higher ratio of protein, ounce for ounce. Their flavor is quite rich and beef-like, meaning you won’t really even need to miss that juicy burger you’re craving. You can try it as a steak as the chap above is doing, or simply use either ground ostrich or bison meat to make your favorite burger recipe. Both your heart and your stomach will thank you.

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Falafel Sliders

Made of healthy chickpeas and spices, falafels tick all the right boxes. That is, until you dunk them in boiling hot oil and fry them off. Fortunately, this slider recipe can stand up to the mighty weight of the grill with little to no trouble. Though the demo will show the chef pan-frying these, you can easily do this with some aluminum foil on the grill and by oiling the patties before you put them on the foil. It also helps if you form the patties and give them a quick visit to the fridge for about 30 minutes before cooking, just to firm them up. Serve these as you would regular sliders, or go all Middle Eastern with plenty of chopped veggies, grilled pita and a tahini sauce.

Grilled Vegetable & Pesto Stuffed Sandwich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q77zcCjCYJs

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While it’s easy to make for two, this brimful-of-veggie sandwich could easily be doubled or even quadrupled with a bigger loaf of bread and would make an excellent party treat. Don’t be afraid to really hollow out the inside of that bread and cram it full of the good stuff. The more you stuff, the better it will taste. This is also easy to make a few hours before and keep in the fridge until the party is getting going. Give it a quick heat up in the oven, and presto — snacks are served.

Beer Can Chicken

Wait a minute, have we lost our minds? Beer? And chicken? Nope, we haven’t. Grilling up your chicken this way is actually extremely healthy, as it uses the steam from the beer and a minimal amount of oil just to have the spices stick. What you end up with is exceptionally moist, delicious tender chicken, all while getting that sizzling brown love from the heat of the BBQ. We promise it won’t taste like beer, and it’s also okay for the kids, as the alcohol evaporates in the process.

Indian Lamb Kebabs

If you love the spices of Indian food, then you’re sure to fall in love with these lamb kebabs. Actually made of minced lamb, the heat of the grill will be getting rid of most of the fat and calories, leaving you with a delicious and nutritious meal. These hold up surprisingly well to the heat of the outdoor BBQ, and go particularly well with an extra squeeze of lemon at the end. Try serving these with fluffy naan bread and some mint riata, along with lots of fresh coriander/cilantro for sprinkling on top.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

You can pull this one right out of the “You Can’t Do That On A Grill” book, because it not only can be done, but it’s healthier and decidedly moreish to boot. Slices of eggplant get a lot less oil when exposed to the heat of the grill, and also take on a smoky, charred flavor that’s pretty irresistible when paired with tomato sauce and a bit of strong Italian cheese. If you’re making this for a dinner party, try doing your eggplant in advance so your baking on the night is as easy as pizza pie.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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