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July 7, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- It’s summer – the perfect time to dust off the barbeque and invite all your family and friends over to celebrate National Grilling Month in July. What better way to eat healthy than to savor some fresh, grilled vegetables from your home garden, a nearby farmer’s market or roadside produce stand?


“Barbequing is a great way to add flavor to your meats without adding excessive amounts of unhealthy fats and oil,” says Tosca Reno, best selling author of the Eat Clean Diet Series which has been featured on national TV and radio shows, as well as adopted by celebrities. “You can still eat clean and not give up your favorites while grilling.”

For The National Grilling Month of July, Reno encourages adding vegetables to compliment the main dish and she has some helpful tips for grilling perfect veggies:

• Cut the veggies into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. They should be fairly of equal thickness.
• Soak the veggies in water for 30 minutes to keep them from drying out. (Do not soak mushrooms)
• Pat dry, and coat lightly with olive oil.


Cooking time for America’s Favorite Grilled Veggies:

Asparagus- 4 minutes
Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Zucchini & Small Squash- 2-3 minutes
Corn on The Cob- 5-7 minutes
Garlic- 10 minutes
Mushrooms- 6-8 minutes
Onions- 3-4 minutes
Potatoes- 20-25 minutes


Tosca Reno and her Eat Clean Diet was recently featured in FOOD Magazine, Good Morning America, EXTRA TV, The Doctors, and numerous top Morning TV and Radio shows nationwide. The diet has also been popularized by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and Nicole Kidman.


For more information, visit http://www.eatcleandiet.com/.


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