Monday, August 31, 2015

Eating Healthy and Heart Good: Keep It Going!

Well, the summer is winding down and now more than ever, I'm really taking the opportunity to grill outside and enjoy some good seafood, the sweetness of corn on the cob, jersey tomatoes (I'm a Jersey girl) and fresh strawberries!  As much as I love the seasons when they change, fall and winter months tend to make me want to eat heavier foods.  With football season about to kick off, I know we are all thinking about the crockpots and some gold old chili!  Buffalo chicken dip is a favorite and definitely on the top of my list, as soon as the first chill hits the air...LOL! 

Although Summer 2015 is coming to a close, I still want to think about eating healthy.  I have to be mindful that I have high blood pressure and my cholesterol tends to spike up, when I put on extra weight.  I find that grilling my foods not only provides that extra flavor that I don't get from stovetop but its just much more healthier for me.  Even when the weather gets cold and I can't grill outside, I use my stovetop grill.  You can purchase one from almost any department or cookware store. 

Riding bikes and taking those strolls after dinner doesn't have to end so soon either.  You can ride your bike right through the fall season and if you dress a little warmer, you can continue to take those after dinner walks also.  The main thing I'm trying to tell you in this post is to keep it going! "Keep eating healthy and keep eating heart good!"

I'm sharing ideas that you can try out by preparing chicken, onions, green peppers and globe grapes on skewers, marinated in Wishbone Italian Seasoning.  Grilling salmon (great for you and your heart) on a vented grill pan sprayed with Pam Baking Spray and seasoned with lemon pepper and steaming old bay seasoned snow crabs, in heavy duty foil.  Try out different fruits such as the Japanese Pear I show with mouth watering watermelon and fresh, ripened strawberries.  Get in the habit of using Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and  I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, when you need to flavor your corn and vegetables such as the fresh cucumber and tomato salad I show. 

As far as seasonings, I basically use lemon pepper on most of my foods.  I use it more now than before on my vegetables since a good friend of mine from Jersey shared how good it taste on everything and she was right, so I'm hooked! Don't overdo it though because you do want to keep your sodium intake at a minimum. A good substitute for lemon pepper seasoning, without the sodium, would be fresh squeezed lemon and fresh black pepper. Old Bay is also very good of course, on your seafood.  Go light on the Old Bay because its heavy in sodium too and the grill really does give your seafood a wonderful flavor that allows you to use less Old Bay.

I also make my own salad dressing using some EVOO and balsamic vinegar.  Add some salt and dry Italian seasoning, stir and that's it! So good!  Now, fire up the grill.  Everything will take literally less than 30 to 45 minutes to grill because the food cooks so much quicker on the grill, due to the direct heat.

Sit outdoors and enjoy your meal with some refreshing drinks made with sparkling cider, cranberry juice, a little orange juice, grenadine and a twist of lemon juice.  Mix and serve over ice. 

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