Summer is here and we’re kicking off the Fourth of July festivities with some grilling. Here are some tips from Dr. Donna, Optimal Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center for heart-healthy grilling and barbecue this season!
•Go for grilled fish more often. The healthiest types include salmon, trout and herring, which are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
• 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.