TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Tift Regional Medical Center is hoping to show people alternative ways to prepare dinner while also making heart healthy choices.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, people in Tift County got the opportunity to learn about heart healthy cooking by area cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Tronolone.
Dr. Tronolone warned participants about the dangers of overeating.
According to the cardiologist, not watching your portion size could lead to diabetes, heart disease, and even premature death.
"When you have a plate, it should never be full. You can think of your stomach as really only being the size of your hand. And that's the amount of food you should eat," Dr. Tronolone adds.
The cardiologist says what a person eats also plays an important role in heart health.
"I think we're kind of lucky in that we're in farming community and there's tons of different vegetables around here. I think you have to be good about preparing vegetables in a different ways rather than just fried okra, for example," he mentions.
Participants got to learn how to make heart healthy kabobs and grilled carrots.
Dr. Tronolone suggests using fresh herbs like rosemary and tarragon to make options, like chicken, have more of a taste.
If interested, heart healthy recipes can be found here.