Posts tagged ‘heart health’

February 1, 2011

HealthyFinds:Heart Month Recipe of the Day

In honor of American Heart Month and the efforts of the American Heart Association and other organizations’ to promote heart health and education, I’ve decided to feature recipes each day this month that contain heart healthy ingredients. 

Heart Fact Courtesy of http://www.heart.org

Today’s featured ingredient? Salmon! So good, you’ll never know you’re feeding your heart instead of your tastebuds.  I discovered this Asian Glazed Salmon recipe on epicurious.com and have added it to my recipe files to use whenever I need a quick and easy dinner. I adore the sweet, fresh and spicy asian flavors combined with the rich, velvety texture of the salmon. Make sure you don’t overcook it! I recommend serving with rice pilaf and asparagus. 

Alternative Cooking Method: Instead of broiling the salmon, pan fry the filets on high heat or place on an indoor grill for a minute or two on each side. Read more for full recipe and preparation.

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February 1, 2011

Healthy Finds: Healthy Heart

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February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and the #1 killer of women in America. A key element in addressing the problem is education and awareness. Many of us know what we SHOULDN’T eat, but do you know what foods are heart approved? Health.com offers the following list of the 10 heart healthiest foods

1. Oatmeal
2. Salmon
3. Avacado
4. Olive Oil
5. Nuts
6. Berries
7. Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, and black and kidney beans)
8. Spinach
9. Flaxseed
10. Soy

Read the full article for details on why these foods help to keep your heart beating – many of them have omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, or anti-inflammatory properties. Some are considered “heart healthy” fats (which seems almost counter-intuitive but is more and more a familiar concept.)

Archer Farms Blueberry Granola

target.com Blueberry Granola with Flax Cereal

Lucky for me- and hopefully you- some of these things are already on my list of favorite foods. Others, I have to work to incorporate into my diet. If you’re new to flaxseed, I highly recommend a Target brand Blueberry Granola with Flax cereal. It’s so deliciously sweet and addictively crunchy you won’t even notice the flaxseeds.

For more information on how to prevent heart disease check out the tips and resources on the American Heart Association’s website.

Check back here for more recipes this February featuring these top ten heart healthy ingredients!

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