EAT Heart Healthy Foods!

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Keeping your heart healthy by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, is important to fight against heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends, monitoring your calories, eating a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, and avoiding tobacco and secondhand smoke. Keeping fit and adding in some PLAY time can also help. Your body needs nutrients to keep it active and strong, and certain food items can help with this. Take a look at the below mealtime inspirations from the American Heart Association for ideas on how to add heart healthy foods into your recipes.

Breakfast– Cheese and Vegetable Frittata with Fruit Salad

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s important to fill your stomachs with hearty meals that are filled with fruits and vegetables. This Cheese and Vegetable Frittata with Fruit Salad is a great way to add in your favorite produce to your first meal of the day. Bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions are excellent additions for this frittata and you can use whatever fruit you have on hand to make the fruit salad. Click here for the Cheese and Vegetable Frittata with Fruit Salad Recipe.

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Lunch– White Bean Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Bell Pepper

Eating a lunch time meal that is a bit lighter can keep your energy level up throughout the day, unlike heavier and greasier meals that can make you feel tired. This White Bean Hummus Wrap with Avocado and Bell Pepper is light enough to keep you going, but it’s also hearty enough to keep your tummy full. White beans have cancer fighting abilities, are heart healthy and they’re rich in fiber. The bonus to all of these health benefits is that they are delicious also. Give this a try by following the recipe here. White Bean Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Bell Pepper Recipe

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Snack– Tomato & Ricotta Toast

Aside from your three meals per day, it’s important to also eat a snack in between your meals. This gives your body the energy it needs to remain active throughout the day. One great idea for mid-afternoon snack is this Tomato and Ricotta Toast. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, A, and K and ricotta cheese offers vitamins A and B-12. Get creative with this dish and try adding avocado or red onions for a kick of extreme veggie flavor. Tomato & Ricotta Toast Recipe

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Dinner– Quick Chicken Fajitas, Beans and Spanish Rice

This Latin inspired chicken fajita dish is quick to make and served with heart healthy black beans and Spanish rice. Make your fajitas colorful by adding red, yellow, and green bell peppers and sliced avocados for another great nutritional side kick. Take a look at the Quick Chicken Fajitas, Beans and Spanish Rice recipe to get cooking!

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Are you ready for dessert? Take a look at the many heart healthy dessert options presented by the American Heart Association. Dessert recipes and ideas

 

Sources:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/Diet-and-Lifestyle-Recommendations_UCM_305855_Article.jsp#.V9miUmcUVaQ

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/recipedetail/recipeSearchResults.jsp?q=DESSERT

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Recipes/Recipe-Collections_UCM_465115_Collection.jsp?cid=4014&srr=57

http://weheartit.com/entry/group/3256746

 

 

 

 

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