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Health Tip: Heart-healthy BBQ tips

By: Rob
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Summer is often a time for cookouts with friends and family. With cheeseburgers and potato chips all around – a great way to watch your waistline, while also protecting your heart health, is to make heart healthy BBQ choices.

If you eat meat, follow these heart-healthy tips when grilling.

  • Avoid or limit fatty meats like sausage, hot dogs and beef

  • Grill more fish. Salmon, trout and herring have heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids

  • Go for skinless chicken breasts, which are leaner and less fatty than dark meat like chicken drumsticks and thighs

  • Try turkey burgers instead of beef burgers

  • When buying red meat or pork, choose “loin” or “round cuts,” and go for “choice” or “select” grades of beef

  • Grill on the rack so fat drips away from the food

Here are some heart-healthy substitutions for your cookout side dishes, drinks, and condiments.


  • Swap mayonnaise-based salads for green leafy salads with lots of veggies or fruit salad

  • Serve a raw veggie platter with low-fat dressing for a satisfying crunch, instead of potato chips and dip

  • Go for fruit-infused water instead of sugary sodas and juices

  • Try fresh fruit with low-calorie yogurt or cool whip instead of commercially baked foods like cookies and cakes

  • Buy whole-grain breads and low-fat or reduced fat cheese and dressings

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