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Heart-Healthy Grilling & Barbecue Tips from Dr Donna


Oils, Dressings, Seasonings and More


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’s nutritionist for heart-healthy grilling and barbecue this season!


  • Multi-task with one bottle… Use reduced-fat, low-fat, light or no-fat salad dressings (if you need to limit your calories) on salads, for dips or as marinades.


  • Watch the salt – cut back on salty seasonings and condiments like teriyaki, soy and barbecue sauce.


  • Choose low-fat, reduced-fat or fat-free cheese for your sandwiches and hamburgers.


  • Choose whole-grain, high-fiber breads and rolls, such as whole wheat, oats, oatmeal, whole rye, whole-grain corn and buckwheat. In addition to being good for you, they add more flavor and texture to your meal.


Will you try these tips during your summer cookout? Let us know with a comment on our Facebook Page or on Twitter.


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