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EatingWell's 28-Day Heart-Healthy Meal Plan is designed to provide an overall healthy-eating program that meets the U.S. Dietary Guidelines at three different daily caloric levels: 1,200, 1,500 and 1,800. These menus are packed with nutrient-rich foods, including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program also meets nutritional criteria specific to people with cardiovascular disease or those hoping to prevent its development.

EatingWell 28 Day Heart-Healthy Meal Plan

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Heart Healthy 1200 calorie menu - Day 1


Michelle Edelbaum
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Family meals
Healthy kids
Quick meals
Dinner
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Food Blog
August 27, 2009 - 10:45am

My husband and I love to spend our evenings making dinner and talking while we cook. But these days we want to hang out with our 6-month-old son too, and cooking just isn’t as much of a priority. So we’ve been making a lot of delicious 20-minute dinner recipes that give us a chance to spend a few minutes over a great meal together, but get us out of the kitchen fast and back to our boy.

Community Question: 
What are your tips for getting a healthy dinner on the table after a busy day?

Brierley Wright
Blog Tags: 
Nutrition
Recipe Makeover
Wellness
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Health Blog
August 26, 2009 - 10:58am

I just read a seriously startling study that’s going to change the way I eat. I read in the British Medical Journal that researchers found that reducing sodium intake slashed cardiovascular-disease risk by 25 to 30 percent. That’s a big deal! Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily sodium limit of 2,300 milligrams—the amount in just 1 teaspoon of table salt.

Community Question: 
What are your tips and tricks for cutting back on sodium?

Carolyn Malcoun
Blog Tags: 
Diet
Dinner
Quick meals
Weight loss
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Diet Blog
August 25, 2009 - 12:13pm

My husband, Dan, and I had a crazy-busy summer. We went on several really fun road trips and we ate a lot of unhealthy food that added a few extra pounds. So to get back on track and recharge our lives with healthy eating, we’re planning low-calorie dinners in advance and loading our weekly menu with 20-minute dinner recipes. Here are 4 meals on our menu this week:

Community Question: 
What are your favorite quick low-cal dinners?

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See It, Make It: Quick Snacks

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Quick and healthy snack recipes to get you through the afternoon.

It’s 3:00 in the afternoon. Lunch is a faint, unsatisfying memory. An earnest apple waits on your desk but down the hall a vending machine calls your name. Eat the apple today, but tomorrow come better prepared to jazz up the afternoon with one of these easy, healthy snack recipes. Unlike a bag of chips, these snacks belong in a healthy diet. Download a FREE Ultra-Quick Recipe Cookbook for Every Meal!

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