Across the U.S. people are firing up their grills to celebrate the Fourth of July. If you’re grilling today, check out our tips below to make it healthy, delicious, and PD-friendly!
Evidence suggests that a Mediterranean diet – high in fish, vegetables, fruits and whole grains – can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s. If you don’t eat fish, now is a great time to start! Choose seafood that’s high in nutrients called omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, to promote overall health.
Load Up on Antioxidants
Evidence suggests that some antioxidants may help to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s. These antioxidants include vitamin E, beta-carotene and flavonoids (especially a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins). Try a berry cobbler or fruit salad with berries, grapes, peaches, and bananas to get a dose of anthocyanins. Leafy greens are also high in anthocyanins – so try throwing some kale on the grill with this recipe from Rachel Ray.
Add Healthy Fats
Use olive oil in your salads and avocado or coconut oil on your grill to add healthy fats to the menu. Nuts are also a great source of healthy fats – try crushing them up and adding them to cobblers, pies, and salads. And avocado slices – another source of healthy fats – make a great addition to a garden burger!
Choose Whole Grains
Whole grains include the entire grain kernel, which contains dietary fiber and other nutrients that can help with symptoms such as constipation. Choose whole grain buns for your fish burgers or tofu dogs. If you’re tossing a pasta salad as a side dish, choose whole grain pasta for a dose of fiber.
Most importantly, have fun and be safe! Happy Fourth of July from BGF!