Nutrition Tips

Summer Barbecues // A Handy Tool

The air is warming, the days are getting longer, and you may have smelt that sweet smell of the barbecue on your family’s Sunday walk….mmmm.

Now I’m getting hungry!

Barbecues get me thinking about hamburgers and grilled chicken (of course served with some fresh fruits and vegetables)! Meat is part of the protein group and is an excellent source of nutrients like iron and zinc. Our bodies need these nutrients in order to run, jump, play, and stay healthy.

When we eat meat, it’s important that we eat the right amount – not too much and not too little. We also want to make choices to eat lean or low-fat meats. Chicken and fish are good examples of lean meats.

One serving of meat is about 3 ounces, or the size of your palm.

Sometimes at barbecues it’s hard to find room on your plate for fruits and vegetables, but they are often the tastiest items on the table. Try some fresh berry salad, corn-on-the-cob, or juicy watermelon.

What healthy choices will you make at your next barbecue?


  1. Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: Protect Your Health With Immune Boosting Nutrition (May 2017).
  2. Choose MyPlate: Protein Foods Nutrients and Health Benefits. (October 2018).
  3. Eat Well Utah.

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