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American Heart Association offers healthy grilling and barbecuing tips

It’s that time of year when people are out grilling.

With the 4th of July coming up, you can expect a lot of barbecues. The American Heart Association says grilling can be healthy and offers these tips:

1. Pick the perfect protein.

Fish, skinless chicken breast and lean ground poultry are all healthier choices. The good fats in fish like salmon and trout actually have health benefits.

2. Rightsize your portions.

A healthy portion of any type of meat is about 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards, and definitely no more than 6 ounces. If that sounds small, just remember all the delicious grilled veggies and side dishes that will be keeping it company on your plate!

3. Give it a soak or rub.

Marinating or rubbing spices on poultry, fish and meat can add amazing flavor with the bonus of being able to use less salt. Safety tip: never reuse marinade or rub after raw meat has touched it.

4. Add color – lots of color.

Just about all your favorite colorful fruits and veggies can be grilled, alone or in kebabs, giving them delicious flavor that might win over even the most committed carnivore. The trick is to cut them into pieces that will cook quickly and evenly. Brush with a healthy oil to prevent sticking or use a grill basket to keep them out of the line of fire.

5. Say bye to the bad fat.

Buy skinless poultry or remove the skin before cooking. Trim away any visible fat on meat.
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