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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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