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How to Fill a

Healthy Barbeque Plate Barbeque Do’s:

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• Marinate meat for 30 minutes to reduce heterocyclic amines (HCAs). It damages genes. • Grill chicken, fish, fruits and veggies. • Eat no more than 4-6 ounces of beef or pork per meal.

Barbeque Don’ts: • Burn meat. Charred meat is covered in HCAs. • Overeat hot dogs. It’s processed meat and can damage DNA. • Eat more than 18 ounces of red meat per week. Too much red meat can cause colorectal cancer. The lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20.


dults can avoid cancer-causing agents when they barbecue by using the healthy grilling tips in from the experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Summer is a popular season for outdoor grilling,” said Mary Ellen Herndon, an MD Anderson wellness dietitian. “But before you fire up the grill, take the right precautions to make sure you serve healthy barbecue dishes that won’t expose your family to increased cancer risks.” Research shows that common meats served at barbecues, like hot dogs and hamburgers, can increase colorectal cancer risks. Even some “safer” meats can expose people to cancercausing agents if they’re cooked improperly. Herndon suggests using the tips below to give grilling a healthy makeover.

In addition to these healthful tips, select items on this list that fit your target calorie range when grilling. Men should eat 500 calories per meal, and women should eat 400 calories per meal. • BBQ Pork Spareribs, 3 Ribs or ½ ounce – 134 calories • Grilled Steak, 6 ounces – 483 calories • Hamburger, ¼ lb. or 4 ounces – 294 calories • Chicken Breast, 3 ounces – 251 calories • Fresh Green Salad (1 cup) with 1 tbsp. Light Ranch Dressing – 48 calories • Ambrosia Fruit Salad, 1 cup – 135 calories • German Style Potato Salad, ½ cup – 77 calories • Coleslaw with Raisins and Low-Calorie Dressing, ½ cup – 71 calories • Baked Beans, ½ cup – 195 calories Visit for additional tips on health and exercise.

Great Eats for a Great Cause: Houston Restaurant Week


ouston Restaurant Week, the single largest annual fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank, begins August 1st and runs through September 2nd. It is by far the best thing that has happened to Houston area restaurants and its patrons in a long time! Created by Houstonian Cleverley Stone 10 years ago as a volunteer for the Houston Food Bank, this event has grown each year from approximately 15 restaurants in 2003 to 169 restaurants in 2012. A few of this year’s participating restaurants in the area are BLU Restaurant & Lounge, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille, Coco Pazzo Ristorante Italiano by AURA and Veritas Steak and Seafood. A portion of the proceeds for each meal purchased from a participating restaurant is donated to the Houston Food Bank. For a $20 lunch or brunch with 2 to 3 courses, the

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restaurant donates $3. For a $35 brunch or dinner with 3 to 4 courses, the restaurant donates $5. For a $45 dinner with 3 to 4 courses, the restaurant donates $7. Last year, Houston Restaurant Week raised $1.2 million for the Houston Food Bank, creating 3.6 million Cleverley Stone meals for children, seniors and adults who are food insecure in Houston. This year, the organization hopes to once again meet that goal. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.

magazine • August 2013


August 2013 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  
August 2013 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

Fort Bend Focus Magazine is an award-winning publication that features People, Places and Happenings around Fort Bend and Katy areas.  Direc...