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Veggies on the Grill: A Sweet Taste with a Powerful Nutrition Punch

07.08.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Washington Redskins Team Dietitian 

As Wow members, you have supported me in several dietary goals I’ve made this year (yes, even dietitians can improve their diets :o).  Remember my adventure with Kale?  And last week I strived to give my oven a rest for the summer and include more cold grain salads? Thanks Jenn for your important question on gluten free grains (check out the comment section from last week).

This week I am taking my typical steamed vegetable habit out onto the grill.  One of the benefits to grilling veggies (beyond the yummy taste) is the use of oil. 

By adding healthy fats to your veggies, you are enabling your body to absorb the fat soluble vitamins.  Fat soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, D, E, and K.  All these vitamins play an important role in recovery from exercise and injury and reduction of disease risk such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. 

Motivated by the power of nutrition and the anticipated new flavors of my favorite veggies, I went to the grocery store last night and picked the following items:

Sweet Bell Peppers
I love the new baby size of this veggie! Choose a variety of colors to make your plate look pretty and your health get an extra boost from the phytochemicals. 

Zucchini 
Go to this green beauty for 30% of your vitamin C recommendation for the day.  Vitamin C is an important antioxidant – fighting off free radicals from the sun and pollution. 

Summer Yellow Squash
Enjoy this brightly colored veggie for its rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin, both important in the maintenance of eye health. 

Onion
These flavor enhancing veggies have the added benefit of reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer and may help manage high blood pressure. 

Broccoli
This is my all-pro team veggie!  I eat it almost every day, usually steamed or in my salad.  I look forward to enjoying it grilled. 

Corn
I am often “told” by clients that corn doesn’t have any nutritional value.  Thankfully, this could not be farther from the truth!  Corn is an excellent source of fiber, something most Americans lack in their diet.  Corn is also a great source of thiamin, folate and potassium. 

Check out this link for great ideas, suggestions and recipes for grilled veggies.

I will share with you next week how the veggies turned out!

Happy Independence Day!

Jane

I would love to hear how WOW members like their veggies during the summer.  Please share below and pictures are always welcome, which you can also post on https://www.facebook.com/WOWRedskins!

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