Backyard barbecues should not cause you to forfeit your heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, even though it can be prevented through healthy eating and exercise.
If you plan on breaking out the grill this summer, consider these five tips to help you create heart-healthy meals:
- Choose colorful (and healthy!) foods. Foods that are low in fat, high in nutrients, and full of flavor – such as seasonal veggies and fruit – make delicious and nutritious shish kabobs.
- Marinate. Olive oil and citrus marinade not only gives meat a full-bodied flavor, but also adds antioxidants and helps prevent carcinogenic substances from forming on your food. Make sure to add fresh herbs, such as basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage, too!
- Grill fish instead of meat. Fish is a heart-healthy option; eat two fatty fish meals per week – such as salmon, tuna, or halibut – to boost your omega-3 fatty acids.
- Leave out the pasta salad. Try grilled red potatoes coated with olive oil and fresh rosemary, instead. Or choose a green salad, with dark leaves and an olive oil based vinaigrette.
- Add baked beans and corn-on-the-cob. Substitute these in the place of any fatty or creamy dishes. Nutrition-wise, corn and baked beans are perfect side dishes for a barbeque. Just make sure to leave off the artery-clogging butter and salt.
If you would like more tips on heart-healthy meals, contact Fitness Together Ellicott City today.