Introducing the FitChef – The Ultimate Fit BBQ Grill

Introducing the FitChef – The Ultimate Fit BBQ Grill
By Johnathan Zamora

Hello,

My name is Johnathan Zamora and I’m honored to be able to contribute to Lee’s blog.  My background as a professional chef and nutritionist has given me the unique ability to blend present day nutrition theory into classical cuisine.  This means that I can take your favorite foods and transform them into a delicious and easy to make meal that will help you reach your body’s full potential.

I transformed myself recently by losing over 170 pounds and taking control of my health, happiness and life.  I hope that I can, along with the other writers of this amazing blog, help to motivate, educate and inspire you to constantly improve your health and body.  A big THANK YOU! to Lee and the awesome staff at Labrada Nutrition for welcoming me and allowing me to share my insights and recipes with you.

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Read on for the Ultimate Fit BBQ Grill & be sure to click the link below to get your Fit BBQ Guide!

With summer in full swing, the time has come to celebrate the warm weather with outdoor BBQ’s. While we enjoy the company of family & friends during this time of fun in the sun, it’s also important to keep our fitness and physique goals in mind. This article will provide you with easy ways to make smart eating decisions while fully enjoying BBQ season.
With usual BBQ fare being greasy burgers or fatty steaks, for someone living the fitness lifestyle, these meals can wreak havoc on your progress. This year, things will be different – take advantage of these gatherings and use them to share your healthy cooking know-how with others. There are several things you can do to ensure your eating plan stays on track – for example:
1. Offer to bring a dish to the BBQ and make it body friendly – a platter of assorted grilled vegetables or lean proteins like marinated chicken breast or London broil, trimmed of excess fat of course, to grill at the party. These proteins will help build and support your hard-earned muscle tissue which over time, ultimately leads to burning more calories during the day.
2. Choose leaner options like shrimp kabobs with cherry tomatoes or prepare some vegetable kabobs instead of eating fatty meats like sausage or ribs or vegetables dripping with butter. Remember, not all fats are created equal – drizzle a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil on your cooked vegetables for a dose of heart healthy fats. You can use great tasting veggies like sweet potato, squash, bell peppers and red onions – remember the brighter the vegetable, the higher the antioxidants and vitamins, which prevent against conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

3. For dessert you can make a fruit salad and don’t be shy – use as many fruits as possible. Sliced granny smith apples, cherries, mandarin orange slices, strawberries, kiwi and blueberries come to mind – you can even add a sprinkle of shredded coconut and a dollop of fat-free whipped topping for variety. This dessert option will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth in fact, it may even taste like a cheat food! Don’t worry though these fruits will do your body a world of good.

As an option, you can host a BBQ and request that your guests bring a healthy dish for all to share – no mayo slathered macaroni salads here – the focus should be on eating fresh nutritious foods that will help you reach your fitness goals. As a bonus, you’ll feel awesome knowing that your friends and family are eating food that is healthier and tastes great.

I have also provided a Fit BBQ guide to further help you stay on track this season.

Please let me know how things work out, I’m always ready to listen.

Have Fun and Enjoy the Summer!

Johnathan Zamora
The Fit Chef

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4 Responses for Introducing the FitChef – The Ultimate Fit BBQ Grill

  1. July 1, 2010 9:14 pm

    Loved the article. having family coming in 2 weeks. Wonderful idea having family bring healthy dish. Thanks for such great advice and please keep it coming! Your tips are very user friendly.

  2. Maddy Cisco

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    July 2, 2010 10:16 am

    The BBQ Guide linked at the end is also really helpful, especially for us healthy BBQ newbies. I hope my grill looks like that picture this weekend!

  3. Nathan Treadwell

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    July 8, 2010 11:47 am

    I am looking forward to trying the marinades and spice rubs you listed in The Fit BBQ Grill guide. I will continue to look at other info at this website.

    Thanks

  4. Chad

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    July 13, 2010 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I’m always looking for different things to try and cooking healthy is always good.