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Health Tip: Choose Healthier Sides for Your Barbecue
Lighten up drinks, desserts and sides
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Barbecue fare may typically include burgers and high-fat side items, but you can lighten up your favorite sides and enjoy a healthier meal.

The American Heart Association suggests:

  • Skipping mayonnaise-based salads in favor of brightly colored veggie and fruit salads. Try topping with toasted nuts and skip the croutons.
  • Serve fresh cut crunchy, raw veggies such as cucumber, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower with a low-fat dip instead of potato chips.
  • Skip regular soda in favor of plain water.
  • Skip store-bought baked goodies which are loaded in saturated fats. Try a healthy fruit smoothie and a little yogurt.
  • Wrap up your barbecue with a sweet treat such as grilled fruit.
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