February is American Heart Month and a great time for a heart-healthy eating check!
Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in America so please get heart smart!
5 Simple Suggestions for Heart Smart Eating
- Shave the sodium: use herbs, spices, citrus, nuts, vinegar, seeds and other flavor boosters instead
- Figure the Fat: choose unsaturated fats found in salmon, trout, flaxseed, olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados. Avoid trans fat found in prepackaged cookies, cakes, pies, shortening and many other packaged foods. Limit saturated fats found in butter, full fat dairy products, marbled and high fat meats.
- Fill Up on Fiber: Studies link a high fiber diet with a lower risk of heart disease. Fiber in whole grains, oats, beans and citrus fruits, helps reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
- Feast on Fish: Research suggests that eating fish twice a week can reduce risk of heart disease up to 30%! Omega-3 fats in fish lower triglycerides and blood pressure and also can help prevent irregular heart rhythms.
- Heart your Cart: fill up with a variety of colorful fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, unsaturated oils
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