Since nutrition is so important to our health, the American Heart Association Diet is a resource we’re delighted to share with you because the word “diet” is not just about striving to lose weight. It also means carefully choosing what we eat so that our body can function optimally.
Fruit salad is a delicious dish at any time of the year
If you’ve have taken a look at the first two pages we’ve written about the American Heart Association,
you’ll already be aware that heart disease can affect anyone regardless
of age or gender. Their research programs, education initiatives and
prevention campaigns also cover diet and the importance of making good
food choices, such as focusing on low cholesterol foods and a substitute
Here we’ve compiled some key factors to consider when you are preparing meals for yourself, or your family, or to take to a friend's house, as well as how to eat healthily when you go to a restaurant.
Maintain a healthy regimen by knowing what and how much to eat
Knowing what to eat and how much will enable you to start and maintain a healthy regimen. The American Heart Association Diet makes the following recommendations based on the accepted standard that the average adult needs to consume 2,000 calories daily.
Choose carefully what you eat so that your body can function optimally
Cooking meals at
home automatically gives you a big advantage as you have control over the ingredients
you select and how you prepare them. You are the one in charge making sure that
what you serve is satisfying and nutritious.
Here are some helpful shopping tips:
Follow these helpful shopping tips for cooking nutritious meals at home
We think so and suggest some alternatives to the typical menu choices at the fast food restaurants you may frequent. Here are some great examples from the American Heart Association Diet.
Used to order:
Fried chicken pieces
Now ask for:
Grilled chicken sandwich or sliced meat sandwich or even a regular hamburger on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion
Grilled chicken and side salad
Grilled chicken sandwich
Baked potato with side serving of low-fat or fat-free sour cream or margarine
Since the variety is enormous and it’s not possible to list them all here. However, we have chosen a few and are confident you will come up with a lot more health ways to satisfy food cravings and to help you “last” till your next main meal.
Ratatouille is a tasty, easy-to-prepare vegetable dish
Thirst Quenching Snacks
Sweet Tasting Snacks
In the coming months we will be adding pages to showcase more matters of the heart. For now we invite you to learn how to recognize Heart Attack Signs in both men and women and get emergency medical help. Please click to view.
To read about other highly informative topics directly related to the goals of the American Heart Association and more ways to protect your heart, please click on the links below.
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Reading reliable information from several different sources will reinforce the choices you have already made and, perhaps, convince you to make changes or try something new.
For this reason we suggest you take a look at the articles published each month in the HuffPost Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post.
Their panel of expert physicians and nutritionists present a list of the 50 healthiest foods that are in season during a particular month of the year. Figs, zucchini and apricots are examples of items included in the June article. Well worth visiting http://www.huffingtonpost.com/healthy-living to learn about this and much more.