Have a Heart-Healthy Cookout

Heart-healthy cookout tips for you and your family

heart vascular health line art

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:

Advertising Policy

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy

  1. Bring a dish to share – make sure it is healthy – fruit salad or kabobs, veggie tray, salad with light dressing, grilled veggies, etc.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Advertising Policy