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Summertime means cookout time, but just because it comes from the grill doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy! We have ideas for keeping your summer diet healthy for your heart and your waistline—all it takes is thinking a little differently about the standard grilled menu.
Forgo the traditional beef griller for fish! Oily fish, like tuna and salmon, are full of omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. You could form patties or treat a fillet with lemon juice, and add your favorite herbs and spices for even more flavor. Keep in mind fish cooks fast, so you want to be attentive while you are grilling it.
Slim down your burger
If you can’t go without your red meat, use lean or extra lean beef and drain or pat off the excess fat after you’ve grilled it. Did you know that the recommended serving size for a hamburger patty is three ounces? A three ounce burger is the roughly the size of the palm of your hand. Keep your patties on the slim side, or add in finely chopped vegetables like peppers or onions to make a thick burger that’s heavy on nutrients.
Take the mixed veggie-burger one step further by grilling vegetables instead of meat. Kabobs are an easy way to grill up a variety of veggies, and they’re easy to handle, too. Fill a skewer with veggies like mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini or yellow squash—anything with some “flesh” to it should work well. Lightly spray the skewered veggies with olive oil and place them on the grill. For the most flavor you’ll want to keep flipping occasionally, until they are slightly blackened. You can also grill corn on the cob right in its husk; place on the grill for about 30 minutes, rotating occasionally. Let it cool for about five minutes after removing it from the grill, and before you peel the husk off. Continue Reading »
A lot of people start to sweat and panic when thinking about what to give their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. The usual gifts come to mind: a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, dinner and a movie or other tried and true gifts. However, February is not only the month to celebrate love. It’s also American Heart Month. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to spice up your Valentine’s Day the healthy way.
For your culinary-minded friends
- Consider a basket containing a variety of whole-wheat pastas and different kinds of spaghetti sauce.
- A gift-boxed container of several types of spices or salts from different parts of the world.
- A basket containing an array of teas or coffee may be just what your tea (or coffee) loving friend wants.
- Several bottles of wine packed with an assortment of cheese would be a gift to consider. Studies show that moderate* consumption of red wine may be beneficial to your heart. Naturally occurring flavonoids and other compounds such as resveratrol help reduce the risk of some forms of heart disease.
- Go to a wine tasting event and learn about bouquet, balance and body. Learn what it means when a sommelier speaks of a wine’s legs, tears or what a vertical tasting means.**
- Cooking classes provide a fun opportunity for couples to enjoy a culinary experience and share what they have learned. Continue Reading »
February is American Heart Awareness Month. It’s dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? The good news is that heart disease can be prevented, and the first step is education.
What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a term for any type of disorder that affects the heart. It may also be referred to as cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease.
A disease in the heart can manifest in four major ways:
Causes of heart disease correspond to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history and smoking. Continue Reading »