Heart-Healthy Grilling and Barbecue Tips

Updated:May 13,2015

Heart-Healthy Grilling and Barbecue TipsWarm weather means grilling time – time with family and friends and time to enjoy delicious foods. There are all kinds of tasty foods to grill up, plus those sides, desserts and drinks that round out the meal. The American Heart Association wants you to keep these important tips in mind to help you grill “fat-sensibly” through the warm seasons.

Heart-Healthy Grilling & Barbecue Tips

  • Go for grilled fish more often.  The healthiest types include salmon, trout and herring, which are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.Recipe - Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa
  • Buy chicken breasts – and remember to remove the skin before eating – instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs).  Or try grilling up chicken or turkey burgers using breast meat, and add diced onions for another layer of flavor.
  • What cut of meat to buy?  Choose “loin” and “round” cuts of red meat and pork.  And buy “choice” or “select” grades of beef instead of “prime.”  While these have the least amount of fat, don’t forget to trim the fat when you get home.
  • Use a rack so the fat drips away from the food.

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