I don’t know where you live, but in my neck of the woods last weekend it was windows open, BBQ aromas filling the air right along with the decadent scents of blooming azaleas, dogwood, tulips, wisteria, and daffodils. Spring has sprung!! And where does that leave us when the burgers and dogs hit the grill? Hungry? No ... there are many options open to those of us who opt for a lighter fare in the interest of a healthier heart. But what if you’re going to a friend’s home where you know the meal will consist of burgers, hot dogs on white buns with a side of chips? Do you have to beg off saying you’re already eaten and starve? Do you eat before you go then pass when your hostess offers you food? Do you brown bag it? Well, you could, but how about offering to bring a salad to share? The last time I did this, the hostess and her guests really enjoyed my offering!
So how about it? As the spring and summer weekends inch in and everyone’s itching to fire up the grill ... let’s talk about some options.
Potato Salad Recipe (sans mayo)
If you are worried about eating potatoes because of their bad reputation (yeah, potatoes don't make you fat - it's what you put on them!!) eat potatoes with the skin on to ensure you are getting all the minerals to help to balance your blood sugar - and that's pretty important.
Need another option for potatoes? Try these Grilled Peppered Sweet Potatoes:
OK, here’s a Coleslaw Recipe, too:
Got some die-hard burger eaters in your world? Go ahead and throw on some burgers but select a good quality meat and offer many condiments (fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onion, mushrooms, avocados, sprouts, spinach, low fat mozzarella, etc.) and serve on whole grain buns with a side of healthy baked beans and a salad and/or some grilled vegetables.
Looking for a yummy grilled appetizer? Ohhh I found this recipe and can't wait to try it:
Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs and Cheese (from Health magazine)
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.