The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer… Spring has arrived and the first radiant sunbeams of the year are doing our bodies a lot of good. They help us to tank up on vitamin D through the skin, while nature offers us a rich supply of quality superfoods. Just 100 grams of wild garlic provides us with 150 mg of vitamin C – more than the daily requirement – making it a real booster for the immune system. Rising temperatures provide the perfect conditions for cosy evenings outdoors with family and friends. Of course, delicious food and the right drinks are also part of the picture! In this post, the dietitians over at Ernährungsliebe share their tips for a perfect barbecue.
Many people associate barbecues with hearty meat, sausages and freshly baked garlic loaves. But you can conjure up a wonderfully varied and balanced meal by taking note of a few small points:
Grilled vegetables: Nature awakens in spring, and there are plenty of seasonal and regional foods. We chop the vegetables into smaller pieces, then season with salt and pepper, add a dash of vinegar, a little rapeseed oil and a combination of dried and fresh herbs. If there is not a lot of space on the grill, it’s also great to have mixed oven-baked vegetables. We use vegetables according to taste e.g. spring onions, parsnips, carrots or the first asparagus of the season. Just writing about it is enough to get our mouths watering! A herby garlic dip made with curd or cream cheese, freshly squeezed garlic and finely chopped parsley and basil is the perfect accompaniment.
Homemade meat marinades: Pre-marinated meat from the supermarket usually contains far too much salt. A much healthier alternative – and also much better in taste – is to marinade your own meat. Just prepare everything 2 hours prior to grilling and leave it to cool in the fridge. Our recommendation: marinate chicken breasts or drumsticks with a little salt and pepper, soy sauce and turmeric – the spice gives the meat a special flavour and a wonderfully yellow colour. Don’t forget about local fish that are rich in high-quality omega-3 fatty acids.
Fresh barbecue breads: There are so many more options in the bread range than the typical garlic bread. For other tasty options, try a delicious olive ciabatta or focaccia with sundried tomatoes. Add even more colour with a wonderful yellow Kurkuma grill baguette. We love turmeric in the winter as “golden milk”, and the great root should also not be forgotten during the warmer months.
Drinks: Ever thought of trying cucumber-lemon-water or tangy homemade basil-orange-mineral water? Lemonades, fruit juices or “wellness” drinks often contain a lot of sugar, which we have too much of in our diet anyway. Rather reach for good carbohydrates and enjoy the bread and rolls when grilling!
The Easter feast
We look forward to the Easter brunch every year! It’s a day when we set time aside to spend with the family and enjoy lots of goodies together, like Easter pinza bread, Easter eggs, egg tapping and Easter ham. Of course, there’s also the Easter egg hunt. In our opinion, you can never be too old for that. Even in a balanced diet, it’s okay to let loose sometimes. The important thing is balance, and a long walk in the sun helps with digestion
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