5 tips for a heart-healthy diet
Lifestyle With the summer holidays coming to a close and winter around the corner, there’s never a moment without tempting dinner parties and BBQs full of unhealthy food choices. See our list of tasty heart-healthy options you can enjoy all year round.
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.