Heart Healthy Cookout Ideas

Hotter temperatures mean your probably grilling a few nights a week. If that’s the case below are some helpful tips and ideas for a healthier cookout.


Go fish! Fish, specifically oily fish like tuna and salmon have fantastic nutritional benefits including omega-3 fatty acids. BBQ-flamesSimply rub a fillet with lemon juice and parsley or rosemary for improved flavor.

Make a better burger: if you’re grilling burgers, make sure to buy lean or extra lean beef, drain off excess fat after cooking and avoid making huge patties– remember that a serving size of meat is roughly the size of a deck of cards (3 oz). Add finely chopped green pepper to your beef to get in your veggies.

Baked fries: Slice white or sweet potatoes into sticks, lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray, pepper and paprika and bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.

Veggie kabobs: pile skewers with mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash or other veggies. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray and barbecue until slightly blackened.

Try grilled corn on the cob: leave the husks on, and grill for about 30 minutes over medium flame, rotating periodically. Remove from grill, let cool for about 5 minutes, remove husks and enjoy!

I don’t know about you but all this talk about food is making me hungry…

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