By Lia Blanchard
Earlier this week I described a friend’s heart scare… next week’s articles will be about barbeques and other things Memorial Day, so for today, let’s talk about heart-healthy grilling!
Heart Healthy Grilling Techniques
The biggest way to stay heart healthy when barbecuing is to reduce fat wherever possible.
- Use a rack or a grill pan with holes, so that any fat that melts off of the meat will drip away.
- Choose “loin” or “round” cuts of meat of a “choice” or “select” grade. Then trim fat from the meat before grilling.
- When barbecuing chicken, use skinless white meat.
- Burgers? Turkey burgers hold together as well as beef – try adding diced onions and don’t forget your favorite spices for added flavor.
- Fish are definitely a go in a heart-conscious lifestyle, and there’s no reason why it should change during grilling season. Salmon and trout are both high in omega-3 fatty acids and taste great barbecued.
- Don’t forget veggies! Use a basket or make kabobs with sweet peppers,
- Keep your condiments, breads, and side dishes low-sodium, whole grain, and low-fat.
5 Superb Sites for Savory Sizzle
There are so many resources on the internet for barbecue recipes that keep your heart happy, there’s no way that I could relay them all here, so I chose the five that I thought looked the best!
- Heart Healthy Living, a Better Homes and Gardens network site
- Low-Fat Grilling Recipes from Delish.com
- Cooking Light has collected 40 grilling recipes that have earned “perfect marks” from their readers
- The Mayo Clinic has a surprisingly robust database of grilling recipes, including pasta, fruit, and shellfish in addition to the usual fare
- Better Homes and Gardens