Summertime means enjoying the warm weather and firing up the barbeque grill to enjoy delicious food with family and friends. There are so many different types of foods to grill for a tasty, and healthy meal.
Here are some heart-healthy grilling and barbecue tips from the American Heart Association:
Grill fish, instead of frying: The healthiest types include salmon, trout and herring, which are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Choose chicken breasts over fattier dark meat: Try grilling chicken or turkey burgers using breast meat; remember to remove the skin before cooking;, and add diced onions for another layer of flavor.
Different cuts of meat: Choose “loin” and “round” cuts of red meat and pork; 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.
Try grilling fruits: Pineapple slices, nectarines, peaches or plums are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber – and they’re low in calories. When you grill them, the natural sugars caramelize with the heat and give them great flavor.
Veggie kabobs: Load up skewers with mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, or other veggies. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray and grill until slightly blackened.