Some people still associate cookouts with gobs of greasy meat, mounds of mayonnaise, and gallons of sugary drinks. But heart-healthy cookouts are getting more popular every day. Here are some tips on enjoying a heart-healthy cookout, from dietician Julia Renee Zumpano RD, LD, Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation at the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute:
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- Bring a dish to share – make sure it is healthy – fruit salad or kabobs, veggie tray, salad with light dressing, grilled veggies, etc.
- Portion control – limit your portion of high fat foods – such as fatty meats – burgers, hot dogs, sausage, etc and creamy or fried side dishes – macaroni or potato salad, chips, cookies, cakes or pies – have half of the portion you normally would have or skip completely
- Don’t drink your calories – stick to diet or sugar free beverages or water, if drinking alcohol – limit to 1-2 drinks
Learn more tips for eating healthy at cookouts.