Thursday, February 21, 2013

Heart Health Month

Eat Better - Cooking Healthy for Your Heart

Cooking at home can be an effective way to avoid extra calories, fat, and sodium from fast food dinners. Here are some tips to remember that will help your home-cooked dinner be even better for you:

  • Preserve the nutrients and colors in veggies. Cook them quickly by steaming or stir-frying.
  • Prepared seasonings can have high sodium content and increase your risk for high blood pressure. Replace salt with herbs and spices or some of the salt-free seasoning mixes. Use lemon juice, citrus zest or hot chilies to add flavor.
  • Canned, processed and preserved vegetables often have very high sodium content. Look for "low-sodium" veggies or try the frozen varieties. 
  • Choose whole grain for part of your ingredients instead of highly refined products. Use whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and whole cornmeal.
  • Switch to fat-free milk or 1% milk instead of whole or reduced-fat (2%) milk.
Visit the American Heart Association for more heart healthy cooking tips

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