Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans, and eating a healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. So what does a heart-healthy diet look like?
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Choose whole grains.
- Opt for low-fat dairy.
- Enjoy poultry and lean protein options.
- Eat fish twice per week.
- Limit red meat, which is high in saturated fat.
- Use heart-healthy oils like olive and canola.
- Limit sodium by replacing highly processed foods with fresh foods and using salt-free seasonings and low-sodium canned goods.
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A meal plan can help you plan, shop for, and cook simple, heart-healthy meals your whole family will enjoy every night of the week. Our new Heart Healthy Meal Plan does all the planning for you, providing seven family-friendly meals with a corresponding shopping list and nutrition information.
Created by Registered Dietitians in accordance with the American Heart Association recommendations, this plan is designed for people who have or are at risk for heart disease, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or simply want to follow a heart-healthy diet as a preventive measure. We provide the calories plus grams of total fat, saturated fat, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber and protein for each entrée and side dish–including four meals with 50-60 grams of carbohydrate and three with 30-40 grams of carbohydrate.
-Text by Jessica Cox, RD