February is American Heart Month. Even those of us with a clean bill of health can benefit from a more heart-healthy lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association, the keys to a strong heart are healthy eating, regular exercise, and overall wellness techniques. For this post, we’ll focus on sites that can help your heart thrive this year through healthy eating.
American Heart Association
What better site for heart-healthy recommendations and recipes than the American Heart Association website? The site has lots of great tips for broad healthy eating and particular dietary needs (such as cutting down on cholesterol or sodium). Check out the healthy for good page for recipes classified by main dishes, salads, side dishes, slow cooker, and appetizers.
Eating well is another great site for finding light, heart-friendly foods. This site does not just have great recipes, it also has many categories, such as quick and easy, high-blood pressure, healthy immunity, and low-sodium, so you can choose the recipes that work best for your health needs. Particularly helpful is the nutritional information at the bottom of each recipe. Not only does it include calorie counts and fat, it also includes other details such as carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, and supplements, all features we’d only expect to see on individual food labels. The information also includes “nutrition bonus” sections and exchanges in case you need to substitute certain food types for others.
The Heart Foundation
The Australian Heart Foundation website also has great resources for those of us in need of a more heart-healthy lifestyle. The site has many tips about being more active, heart research, and great nutrition. You can rest assured that all of the recipes on their page can contribute to a fitter overall lifestyle. You can search their recipes by meal type and sort by main ingredient or cooking style. For example, if you’re really craving Greek food for dinner, the Heart Foundation can provide you with great options that both your stomach and your heart will love.
There are many recipe sites that can help you with healthy eating. These are just a few that focus specifically on recipes that are good for your heart. When looking for healthy recipes not on these websites, keep these recommendations from the American Heart Association in mind: Only ingest the number of calories you know you can burn in one day. Eat a balanced variety of foods from all food groups, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils. Also, limit foods that include saturated and trans fats, sodium, red meat, and lots of sugar. With these tips in mind you can start the year with a strong and happy heart.