Benefits of Grilling Vs. Frying Your Favorite Foods

From jogging and doing yoga to taking vitamins and sticking to a great skincare routine, caring for your body can manifest in countless ways. Among the chief influences on how you look and feel daily is diet. Whether you naturally reach for fruits and veggies, have an insatiable sweet tooth, or are always trying to expand your culinary excursions, there’s no denying that food has a tremendous impact on our weight, energy, mood, appearance…the list goes on. 

That being said, it’s crucial to understand how different cooking methods can work for or against your dietary goals. Today, we’ll take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of grilling vs. frying your favorite foods — including everything from red meat and seafood to vegetables and beyond.

Embrace the full-bodied flavors produced when you fire up the grill. At Wesley Enhanced Living, we understand the nostalgia that comes with the “comfort foods” you have always loved. We strive to give our residents all the tastes they crave while keeping their nutrition needs in mind. Curious as to why grilled is better than fried? How about grilling vs. pan frying; wondering if there’s a difference? Let’s hop into all of this and more:

What Are the Disadvantages of Frying?

Everyone loves a piece of crispy fried chicken now and again, and a little fried food occasionally is okay, but there are ways to enjoy your favorite meats and vegetables without pulling out the cast iron skillet and lard. 

When foods are fried, they absorb a considerable amount of fat. Even if the food was a low-fat item to begin with, it ends up with excess fat content after being fried. When consumed, added fat increases your blood cholesterol level, which can pose health risks; arteries can get clogged over time, preventing smooth blood flow and increasing blood pressure. High cholesterol levels also up the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Higher calorie intake from fried foods also results in weight gain. Due to the high temperatures of heated oil, foods such as vegetables lose a lot of their moisture and easily-perishable vitamins when fried. When it comes to grilling vs. frying your favorite foods, frying may be the more tempting option initially; however, grilling reigns supreme for a multitude of reasons.

What Are the Health Benefits of Grilling?

Grilled meats have reduced fat content because fat drips off as the food cooks. This results in healthier meals and makes it easier to manage a low-fat diet. Reduced fat intake also helps lower bad cholesterol levels. We wouldn’t be properly exploring the grilled vs. fried food debate without mentioning that grilled foods have lower calorie content than their fried counterparts, helping you achieve weight management goals and stay fit.

The shorter cooking time involved with grilling results in minimal loss of moisture and vitamins from vegetables, ensuring as much of the nutritional content is retained in the food. Healthy cooking contributes to great health and overall wellbeing!

Is Pan-Frying the Same as Grilling?

Grilling utilized direct heating — think conventional grills — or indirect heat — think electric grills or grill pans. Conversely, pan-frying uses a cooking medium like hot cooking oil. Grilling drains excess fats from cooked foods while pan-frying boosts grease and fats since you’ve used oils for cooking. Grilling vs. pan-frying is another crossroads food lovers often come to; however, it’s crucial to know that grilling helps maximize the healthiness of what you’re about to devour. 

Speaking of which, let’s jump into a recipe you can feel good about preparing:

Mojo Shrimp: A Yummy Recipe to Try Tonight!

Are you ready to try your hand at grilling? We have an easy and quick recipe that uses a short list of ingredients probably already in your kitchen. While this can be cooked in a pan, try it on the grill as kabobs with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and onions:

  • 7 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

1. Make the marinade in a medium bowl by combining garlic, ½ cup olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, cumin, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Reserve about ½ cup of marinade to use later.

2. Add shrimp to marinade and toss until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, but not more than 30, as the acid from the marinade will start to cook the shrimp.

3. Put on skewers with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Grill for 3 minutes, turning skewers around halfway through the time. Enjoy your Mojo Shrimp Kabobs!   

To cook on a pan:

3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is simmering, add shrimp in a single layer. Sear until the shrimp is pink on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Do not overcook. Flip shrimp and cook for 1 more minute.

4. Add the reserved marinade and bring liquid in the pan to a simmer for about a minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and gently stir in chopped cilantro.

Serve over your favorite kind of rice, and enjoy!

Get Help with Your Nutrition Needs at Wesley Enhanced Living 

At Wesley Enhanced Living, we believe that a healthy body paves the way for a healthy mind! We encourage our residents and community at large to adopt practices that let them maximize their well-being and get the most out of their life, which includes preparing — and eating — delicious meals!

The idea of grilled vs. fried foods should spark ideas of balance and moderation. Positive changes to your cooking habits — such as choosing to grill more often than you fry — is a meaningful step in the right direction.

Transitioning to a continuing care retirement community at Wesley Enhanced Living is another step in the right direction. We offer our seniors different lifestyle options, including independent living, personal care services, rehabilitation, and long-term care. For more information about retirement communities near Wayne, PA, or senior living in Springfield, PA, reach out to us today!

Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones. Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own, give you a tour, and inform you of our range of services.

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  • I am the daughter of a previous resident who went home to heaven in October of 2021. She was on the 3rd floor with the blessing of Kathy and her devoted workers as her caretakers. They always made me feel at home and confident my Mom was in good care. Patrick made it a easy transition and always was available to answer any questions. And Ms. Jeanette was my favorite desk clerk. I truly knew the favor of God was with us in choosing STAPELEY.

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  • The process to transition my Dad here has been one that has left me feeling confident in our decision. The staff has answered any questions we had and made us feel at home in this new place. I look forward to my Dad enjoying his time here.

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    Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown
    Senior Advisor

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    Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line
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  • Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown was a great place. It seemed like they had everything that my parents needed. We visited independent living and assisted living. The staff was very nice, very helpful, and very welcoming. They had a salon, a big library, a pool, and a rooftop deck, which I thought was awesome. They had a restaurant area that had a pizza oven and you could get all sorts of sandwiches and hamburgers. They had a movie theater watching area that we thought was pretty nice. They had a lot of things that were very nice there. When we were touring, there was a group of employees having lunch in an area where they do arts and crafts and stuff. Everybody was super nice, friendly, and welcoming. We were interfering in their lunch, but they were super nice. They explained a couple of things to us and answered questions.

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  • Seems to take really good care of my loved one.

    Michele C.
    Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown
    Senior Advisor

  • There are really good activities here. There are different dining rooms here, and there is one dining room that is supposed to serve very delicious food, and something similar to a 5 course meal.

    Nancy
    Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
    Senior Advisor

  • The facility is attractive from the outside- it has seasonal flowers and plants with several areas for people to sit or walk outside. It is clean- the staff are helpful if I have questions when I visit. My mother likes it there and says that the food is good.

    Jane F.
    Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown
    Senior Advisor

  • We chose Wesley Enhanced Living because it was referred to dad by some of his former classmates who had good experiences here. It is a light and airy atmosphere, everyone seems very happy and upbeat. They have different levels of care, independent and assisted living. His apartment size is perfect for him and what he needs. The facility does accept Medicaid as well. I would absolutely recommend to others looking.

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    Senior Advisor

  • After two visits and the excellent service we received from Sharon Margulies, we were so impressed with what we saw and most importantly with the people that we submitted our application to today and look forward to signing a contract in December. Sharon has been so helpful in answering all the questions we had from all our family members. If you are looking for a place, please check them out. They have open houses that make a great first visit that you follow up with another more personal one if needed.

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  • The staff are stretched really thin; however, the moral is still high. They keep a good atmosphere for the residents. The community has a lot of interesting people. The building is beautiful and is full of sunlight.

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    Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
    Senior Advisor

  • Our family can’t say enough good things about Wesley Enhanced Living. My mom and Dad needing to move, we went everywhere in a 10 mile radius so that we could be close to them. Most of the places were either over priced or just plain horrible. We called Jackie at Wesley and she met with us the next day! It is a beautiful space with lots of light and the staff and residents are so friendly! To top the excellent experience my parents moved in in March 2020, yes during COVID, Wesley was so careful and well prepared. My parents of course had to be quarantined, but they never felt like it, the staff took care of everything from bringing them their delicious meals everyday to even taking out their trash. My parents have now been at Wesley Willow Grove/Hatboro for 6 months now, the community is still COVID free and my parents have never looked better. They are so happy and finally relaxed. Their long time neighbor from the house even moved into Wesley as well and is loving it. Thank you Wesley for all you do!

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    Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown
    Senior Advisor

  • We chose Wesley Enhanced Living because of the value of the money as well as the convenient location. The staff were so friendly on the tour and that has carried through to this day. The apartment sizes are very good. I think they really pay close attention to the residents and their needs. I would recommend to others looking.

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    Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
    Senior Advisor

  • My daughter and I went to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley. I thought Wesley Enhanced Living was beautiful. The room they showed me was wonderful. It was really big. It had a whole side of windows that looked down on a garden and from there you could see the traffic on the street. I thought that was very good, plus the fact that it was a fifteen to twenty minute drive to where I live. The building and the grounds were just beautiful. The room we had signed up to take was right next to a sun porch, right across the hall from the elevator, which you have to take to go to the dining room. The dining room is beautiful. It had windows all over the place.

    GW
    Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
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  • Wesley Enhanced Living is so lovely, our loved one is enjoying everything about it especially the socialization. Her apartment is very roomy, it is a large one bedroom with a patio. Also she loves the ease of getting around and the ability to walk. She is getting all the attention she should be getting, always being checked on and always made comfortable.

    Elizabeth A.
    Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
    Senior Advisor

  • We have been here for a few months and it really is a terrific place. They have cottages you can live in, or apartments in the main building. We chose to live in the cottages. There are 38 cottages which is terrific. They are attached to another person’s cottage at one point in the room, almost like a duplex, but you cannot hear them. The bedrooms are all carpeted, everything else is vinyl flooring which is really pretty and nice. The monthly price is very reasonable, we only have to pay for electricity and they pay for water. They also take care of everything, anytime something breaks they come to fix it or they replace it. The cottages also come with a garage, and somewhat of a driveway so one car can park in the garage and the other behind the car. The garages are also very wide and very deep, its like no other garage you have ever seen. The cottages also have very nice patios, they are about 8X10, and you can extend it for an additional fee. You can also put an awning out there if you want. It is surrounded by a lot of trees which is really pretty. This community is much cheaper than others in the area. The cottages also have a front porch, which helps us meet people outside and we can sit outside and mingle. This community has an upscale feeling to it, they recently got their liquor license, so they have a bar and a nice bartender and a new restaurant. They do have nursing care here, but we are not sure of the extent of that care since it is more independent living. Also the physical therapist and occupational therapist that comes are absolutely amazing.

    Anonymous
    Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland
    Senior Advisor

  • My parents, Joan and Bill, moved into Wesley Enhanced Living-independent living, in March of 2021 and they LOVE it!! This is an OUTSTANDING community for your senior loved ones!! The staff and residents are super friendly and very supportive! I can honestly say they are thriving like never before in their lives!! They have many new friends. They are on the Bocce Team. They attend entertainment nights. They have lunch, brunch and dinner with friends. They are truly enjoying life every day!! They smile and tell us stories every day about their Wesley World!! Their apartment is beautiful! The food is great! The facility is completely updated and looks gorgeous! They are safe as Wesley has made this a very high priority in this challenging time. This move has been a true blessing to my parents and our family!! We are so grateful they are there and we couldn’t give a higher recommendation!!!!

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    Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown
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  • I would tell others to definitely take a tour. I was looking forward to my loved one living here. Everyone was very friendly, including anyone we saw in the community. Patrick and his team made things so easy to bring my loved one into assisted living.

    Gayle
    Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
    Senior Advisor

  • I toured this facility and found it to be a top notch caring place. The apartments were very efficient and space conscious. Washer and dryer in each apartment with the capability of using a laundry room at no charge I might add. The hallways and group areas were very clean and updated on a regular basis. I also found it to be more affordable than other CCRC facilities. The activity calendar was full of events for all levels of interest. I think the location is quite good. Near shopping and grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. The staff seems to know all the residents by name. I was very impressed with the whole organization.

    Bernadette Roman
    Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland
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  • Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland has been very good to my mom. Her room is very nice, with a living room and a bedroom, it’s well laid out too. The staff is very nice and the food is very good. I think the value for the money is pretty good too. The outdoors has little houses or little apartments if you’re not in assisted living or receiving personal care. They also keep those very nice.

    Michael
    Wesley Enhanced Living Upper Moreland
    Caring.com

  • I toured Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line about a year and a half ago. They’ve recently done a lot of renovations and refurbishing up there. I liked the fact that it was so close to all of my doctors and a couple of hospitals and shopping facilities. They had little shuttle buses that took you to various shopping centers and grocery stores. I just liked the layout of the area, the overall activities, the apartments that they had, and the floor plans. I was introduced to several staff. I felt as though they cared about you as a person. I was just impressed with the place. We had lunch there and it was excellent food. I’m a vegetarian so I can’t talk too much about meat, fish, chicken, or whatever, but I told them of my dietary preferences and they accommodated me completely. It’s absolutely beautiful. They just finished renovations and it is gorgeous. I have a family member in Wesley and I was just up there last Sunday, so I’m pretty familiar with the place now. The upkeep is beautiful. The grounds and the inside are just lovely.

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    Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line
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