Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tasty Tricks for a Healthy Heart

Healthy foods are too often considered boring and tasteless.  What if healthy tasted good, while saving your HEART in the process? February is National American Heart Month, and for good reason! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.  Lucky for us, heart disease is preventable with food, and delicious foods at that! Use these tasty tricks to keep your heart healthy.
Swap fats: Swap saturated fat for unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fats are found in avocados, fish, canola and olive oils, nuts and seeds. Choose low fat dairy products, skinless chicken and turkey, fish, and lean beef on most days. Make it tasty by swapping avocado for mayonnaise.
Love your Fruits and Veggies: Aim for at least 5 servings each day combined. Sneak vegetables in by adding to sandwiches, soups, and pasta dishes. Flavor vegetables with herbs or low fat dips and use fruit in salads, desserts, cereals, oatmeal, or yogurt. Make it tasty by adding Ranch seasoning to plain Greek yogurt for a dip.
Choose less processed foods= Look for “No Salt Added,” “Reduced Sodium,” and “Low Sodium” versions of canned vegetables, soups, cheeses, snack foods, and lunch meats. Make it tasty by adding fresh herbs, citrus juices, or salt-free seasonings to dishes.
Drink alcohol in moderation- Enjoy 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men, any more than this may have a negative impact on our heart. Make it tasty by adding fresh fruit slices to your bubbly.
Eat more fiber- Choose whole grain pastas, rice’s, breads, cereals, bagels, and wraps and choose more beans, fruits, and vegetables. Aim for 25 grams of fiber per day for women and 38 grams per day for men. Make it tasty by topping oatmeal with fresh fruit.

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