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Be Choosy When It Comes to Salad Toppers: Crunchy onions, bacon bits and seasoned croutons can look appetizing when you’re standing at a salad bar, but reconsider: such additions to your otherwise healthy starter can be high in sodium and “empty” calories. For added crunch, try a sprinkle of sunflower seeds or chopped nuts; while these also are relatively high in calories, they contain healthy fats and are full of antioxidants too. While you’re at it, choose a dressing that is marked “low-fat”—or just drizzle on a little olive oil (a heart-healthy fat) and balsamic vinegar.read full post »
Be Choosy About Your Chocolate: Studies show that chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood and helps lower blood pressure. But when it comes to reaping those antioxidant benefits, quality matters most. If you need a chocolate fix, treat yourself to a small square of dark chocolate—look for one that is 70 percent or more cocoa.
Try These Recipes:
Heart-Healthy Chocolate Recipes
Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Join the Healthy Hearts Club group for daily heart-healthy...read full post »
Sum Up the Sodium of Your Servings: Nutrition Facts labels list nutrient amounts for one serving—but often we eat more than one. If you eat two servings, be sure to double all the nutrient numbers, not just the calories. A whole can of soup, for example, may look fine from a caloric perspective but eating it could send you soaring past the recommended daily limit for sodium.
More Ways to Cut Sodium:
Low-Sodium Dinner Recipes
6 Easy Ways to Cut Sodium
The #1 Food You Should Cut Back On—and 3 Ways to Do It
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I love to bake for friends and family, and whipping up recipes that contain cocoa makes it even sweeter.
Recipes to Try: Mini Molten Cakes and More Healthy Chocolate Recipes
Cocoa beans are among the richest sources of antioxidants called flavonoids and polyphenols—similar to those found in wine—which benefit both your physical and mental health. So go ahead and treat your Valentine to chocolate—it’s a gift of health. Chocolate can:
• Protect your heart: Flavonoids can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by helping to reduce the blood’s ability to clot, among other things.• Quell stress: In a 2009 study...read full post »
Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip:
Go Skinless: Removing the skin from chicken saves 4 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat (the kind that raises "bad" LDL cholesterol) for each 3-ounce serving.
Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart....read full post »