The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. The statistics: It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and actually impacts more women than men. In addition to talking with your healthcare provider about preventive measures such as kicking the smoking habit and keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level, the right diet can help. From healthy fats to low calorie treats, here are some suggestions for heart-healthy foods and drinks, based on the AHA recommendations:
Just because greasy bread, gooey cheese and heavy mayo are no longer your thing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a classic tuna melt! Ditch the diner version for this healthier alternative, made with sustainably caught, low-mercury tuna, Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and vegan cheese, all piled atop whole grain bread and broiled ‘til golden brown and bubbly.
For a “non-fishy-tasting” fish, tilapia is a top pick. Mild, light and flaky, it soaks up whatever seasonings it’s cooked with, making a flavorful recipe like this one helpful to have on hand. In a food processor, you’ll combine olive oil with a small onion, fresh cilantro, chili powder and coriander—plus a surprise summer ingredient (hint: it makes great shortcakes!)—to create a simple rub. Once applied, all it takes it three minutes on the grill, and dinner is served!
Here’s a paleo dish that’s deceptively easy to prepare. Guests will think you’ve spent hours slaving away in the kitchen…but really, you only need about 20 minutes, including prep time! This is a nice, light meal, perfect for the hotter temps as summer approaches.
The Paleo diet is based on the theory that our bodies haven’t significantly changed since the Stone Age. As a result, advocates say that optimal health can be achieved by eating the foods enjoyed by the hunter-gatherer tribes who flourished during the Paleolithic era. One of the key benefits of this plan: You eliminate processed foods, so that you’re following a clean eating program, thereby avoiding potentially dangerous ingredients in processed foods such as high fructose corn syrup and white flour. In addition, you benefit from healthy fats in foods such as salmon, olive oil and nuts.
Have you resolved to lose weight in the new year – but seem to be stumbling? Wishing for a way to support weight loss safely? The latest studies indicate that eating more protein just may be your path to weight loss success.
Give your old-fashioned tuna melt a gourmet makeover by mixing in pre-made pesto sauce and fiery roasted red peppers. Topped with mild Provolone cheese, these sandwiches are served open faced—making a tasty light lunch or the perfect companion to a bowl of soup or healthy salad.
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