Petersen Pet Hospital - June 2020

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June 2020

Hot Off the Grill THE PERFECT SUMMER EVENING

“During the summer, we’re out there grilling at least four times a week, as long as the weather cooperates.”

Nothing says summer like dinner hot off the grill. As soon as the weather starts to get nice again, Stacey and I love to break out the grill and start cooking. Cooking outside and smelling your meal sizzling on the grill makes it easy to work up a big appetite. We do burgers, brats, steak, or chicken. Whatever we have, it usually comes with a side of sliced and diced potatoes. These could be regular potatoes or even sweet potatoes, depending on what we’re in the mood for. No matter what we serve up, it’s sure to come with a serving of vegetables. I’ve never cared much for vegetables, a stance I’m sure most people can relate to. However, in the last few years, I’ve realized that my mom was right: I really do need to eat my vegetables. In the last few years, I’ve started educating myself more and more about nutrition. It doesn’t seem like medical doctors talk to you too much about nutrition. They tell us to exercise and eat right, but they rarely go into how the right foods help you stay healthy and live longer. In addition to having healthy vitamins and nutrients, the dietary fiber from vegetables can help reduce cholesterol and even lower your risk of heart disease. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to be hanging out with my wife and playing ball with our dog for a long time. If that means eating more green beans and peas, then so be it.

favorites are carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. We both eat vegetables with almost every meal, including meals off the grill.

There are a variety of ways to prepare your vegetables. You can steam them on the stove or in the microwave, roast them in the oven, or wrap them in tin foil and grill them.

The real trick is not going overboard with the butter. If you add too much butter, then it basically defeats the purpose of eating vegetables. This is why we usually eat our vegetables plain. I know some folks who swear by certain seasonings, by why overcomplicate things? Even when cooked, I still don’t think vegetables are the tastiest of foods, but I know eating themwill do my body good. During the summer, we’re out there grilling at least four times a week, as long as the weather cooperates. When the weather is nice, it means I’m also going outside more to play with my dog. It’s a lot more fun to be outside when the grass is green and the ground isn’t muddy. I’m looking forward to playing ball with Sam more while we’re outside grilling. That’s my idea of a perfect summer evening.

Stacey and I have become pretty big vegetable eaters because vegetables are key to keeping us healthy. My

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