Veggie kebabs: Ditch the lamb or beef kebabs and have veggies on a skewer. Opt for veggies that are heart healthy, like cherry tomatoes, squash, onions, sweet potatoes and asparagus. Spray with some olive oil and grill.


Better BBQ burger: Buy lean/extra lean minced beef and drain off the excess fat after cooking. Tip: halve your meat and mix it with an equal amount of cooked buckwheat, a meaty-in-texture grain. To make it healthier again, try swapping your beef mince for turkey. This lighter substitute can make delicious burgers and tasty spaghetti Bolognese.


Get fishy: Fish, especially oily fish like tuna and salmon, have great nutritional benefits. In the summer months, fish can be a delicious and light addition to any salads. In winter, pair it with some roast potatoes and steamed spinach to give you that extra boost of iron.


Better booze: Although it is healthier to avoid alcohol, red wine and fruit rich cocktails can be a healthier choice.

Try a Raspberry Mule - it’s delicious with and without alcohol. Just remember to drink plenty of water in between your boozy beverages.


Fro-yo over ice cream: Fat-free frozen yoghurt is a great alternative to ice cream. Adding in heart healthy ingredients such as dark chocolate, blueberries and cherries add flavour without any guilt.



Remember: if you ever have any suspicions in relation to your heart health, please do visit your GP or healthcare professional.

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