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Heart-Healthy Secrets for Safe Grilling

…, gas grills burn clean. But even with gas, you can end up with advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in your food. AGEs act like harmful free radicals in your body, creating oxidative stress and resulting in premature aging. Here Are My Top Tips for Heart-Healthy Grilling * Clean Your Grill: Before…

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Just in Time for Spring: 5 Heart-Smart Grilling Secrets

…winter. No one enjoys sidling up to the grill to feed friends and family on the patio more than my wife Jan and I do. But as you get ready to pull out the grill, you want to make sure what you’re cooking up is safe for your heart. Here are some of my top grilling tips: 1. Select Your Meats Carefully:…

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Heart Healthy Grilled Watermelon Salad

…healthy lunch while traveling in Maryland when Jan spied the appetizing dish on the menu—grilled watermelon salad. So, I said to Jan, “You can grill watermelon? Where have I been? Let’s give it a try!” As you may recall from my blog on the health perks of watermelon, it’s an extremely heart…

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5 Heart-Smart Secrets for Your July Fourth Celebration

…compound—chlorogenic acid—not only has viral and cancer fighting actions, it can lower your blood fat levels. Here’s how to enjoy it on the grill. * Enjoy watermelon with your meal, or for dessert. Not only is watermelon sweet and delicious, it’s one of the most heart-healthy fruits you can…

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6 Healthy Grilling Tips for Memorial Day

…limit—or better yet eliminate—charcoal grilling. That’s because charcoal releases carcinogenic agents, called PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and HCAs (heterocyclic amines), as fat drips off the meat and onto charcoal. But even with a gas grill, you can end up with advanced glycation end…

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

…the barbecue and gathering with friends to enjoy dinner in the great outdoors. As enjoyable as these get-togethers can be, research has shown that grilling meat at high temperatures can create a number of harmful compounds. High heat from an open flame creates COPs, highly carcinogenic compounds that…

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Get Your Grill On!

…fade into fall, Dr. Sinatra and I are getting in all the grilling we can while the weather is still warm and the days are still long. So, in the spirit of great grilling and healthy heart nutrition, here are a few of our favorite recipes. Grilled Chicken Teriyaki (Makes 2 servings) * 8 to 10 oz. boneless…

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On the Grill: Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan

…often than we have to. So, I wanted to share an easy eggplant parmesan dish that my wife Jan and I enjoy, which you can make outdoors right on the grill. Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan (Serves 2) Ingredients 1 medium-size eggplant 2 T. olive oil 2 tsp. crushed oregano ½ cup tomato sauce (or more,…

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A Delicious Way to Lower Your Blood Lipids On the Grill

…good for your health, it can be cooked outside on the grill. In fact, I created an easy, delicious recipe called, “Eggplant Parm-on-the-Grill.” Here’s how to make it: * Slice the washed eggplant in half horizontally, and place it on the grill, skin side down. By the way, be sure to use a stainless…

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Safe Summer Outdoor Dining

…pork, fish and foul (not just grilled meats) that increase our risk for colorectal and breast cancers. Your best option is to use a propane-fueled gas grill. Unlike charcoal that “burns dirty,” releasing sooty particles that produce natural hydrocarbons, gas grills burn clean. Plus, you don’t have…

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Cardiovascular Nutrition Recipe: Grilled Halibut

…regular fish eater, I’ve included one of my favorite summertime recipes: Grilled Mediterranean Halibut. Top off with a green leafy salad, and you have a meal that just sings of great cardiovascular nutrition. Enjoy! Grilled Mediterranean Halibut (Makes 4 servings) * 4 (5 to 6 oz.) halibut steaks *…

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A Spring Favorite in My House: Grilled Mediterranean Halibut

…contaminants. One of my favorite ways to eat halibut, especially at this time of year, is grilled. Pair it with a leafy green salad and some whole grains and you have a delicious, heart-healthy meal. Grilled Mediterranean Halibut Serves 4 4 (5 to 6 oz.) halibut steaks Juice of 1 lemon 2 Tbsp. olive…

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Rosemary to the Rescue

…follow the American Cancer Society warning to trim off visible fat before grilling, and cook it at a higher rack position so that it is farther from the heat. (Use only the minimum number of flames sources needed on your grill in order to reduce exposure to higher temperatures.) But our KEY extra pointer…

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Heart Attack and Stroke on the Menu at the Heart Attack Cafe

…a couple of weeks ago when a colleague at Healthy Directions forwarded an email about a “coronary café” in Arizona called the “Heart Attack Grill.” It is a creative marketing schema, and certainly offers a Larsonesque edge. First off, I have to tell you that their onsite “doctor” is not…

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Farm Stand Health

…and mainstay that can help lower blood pressure levels. Since dining on raw vegetables can offset the possible carcinogen exposure you may get by grilling meats and fish, I like to serve up colorful, raw vegetables on our patio dinner table. In addition to being refreshingly cooler, they are brimming…

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The Heart-Brain Connection

…activity. In addition to being rich in essential fatty acids, nuts can be essential for vitamin E. And when it comes to eating fish, remember to bake or grill rather than frying. Dr. Sinatra is currently working on a brain fitness program, which you'll learn more about in the future. In the meantime, you can…

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Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally With Asparagus

Asparagus is another favorite farm stand “veg-on-the-grill” my family goes crazy for when we gather for barbecues. Not only does it work for treating high blood pressure naturally (more in a minute)—it’s easy to cook. Dr. Sinatra cooks fresh, washed asparagus spears at about 400 degrees for…

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Heart-Healthy Nutrition: Chicken with Peapods and Zucchini

…calories), it’s filled with lutein, vitamins C and A, folate, and potassium. Zucchini is delicious steamed, or coated with olive oil and broiled on the grill. Plus, here’s another favorite zucchini recipe from our kitchen. Chicken with Peapods and Zucchini 8-oz. boneless breast of chicken 2 T. peanut or…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition: PAMM Diet Salad Recipes

…shredded * ½ cup celery, diced * 2 scallions, sliced * 5 tablespoons vinaigrette * Brush chicken with the 2 tablespoons of your favorite vinaigrette. * Grill or broil chicken until tender and no longer pink, turning once halfway through cooking—approximately 12 to 15 minutes. * Cut chicken into thin strips…

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5 Heart-Healthy Veggie Side-Dishes for Your July 4th Celebration

On holidays like the Fourth of July, it’s easy to focus on the meats you’ll be putting on the grill. But you want to balance that out with a healthy serving of vegetables—and at this time of year, it’s easy to find delicious fresh veggies. Not only do vegetables provide valuable antioxidants…

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