As many of us know, February is designated as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer in America, of both men and women. Here are some heart smart tips to jump start your heart to a healthier you.
- Choose foods that are baked, broiled, grilled or roasted.
- Avoid fried foods and dishes with heavy sauces.
- Choose ground sirloin and extra lean ground beef, instead of regular ground beef.
- Cook with chicken or beef broth instead of butters and oils.
- Choose whole grain breads and cereals, instead of biscuits and croissants.
- Choose soups that are broth based instead of soups containing whole milk or cream.
- For dessert, try a fruit cup with sorbet or nonfat yogurt. Or if you just have to have the rich dessert, share it with a friend.
- Eat fish at least twice a week. Some of the best choices are tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon.
Proper nutrition is only a component to having a heart healthy lifestyle. Stress management, physical activity, weight control and smoking cessation all play key roles in heart health. For more tips and to learn about “Life’s Simple Seven”, seven steps to improve overall health, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org or contact us at Memorial Hospital.
Erica Watson-Lawson is a registered dietitian with Memorial Hospital.