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.

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 tips throughout the month of February.