Dear Friends,

Do you ever feel this way?

I was always so healthy and then one day….bam! A heart attack…out of the blues. The doctors said it was there, ready to happen. I just didn’t feel anything…

You probably know somebody, either in your family, friends or a colleague who is taking care of their heart health. You might take your heart for granted – after all, it’s there, beating day and night, providing us with the oxygen we need for our body.

If Heart Disease runs in your family

Let’s check your grocery list for this week

Fruits and Veggies, anyone?

One of the best choices you can make for your heart is consuming plenty of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. If you visit a local farmer’s market and purchase weekly produce bags, you’re in for a treat! Think about the variety of our dark green leafy vegetable selection – which are packed with low calories yet brimming with high dense nutrients!

Kale is a great example of a dark green that is so versatile – yet not many of us include it in our meal plans. Check how simple it is to transform a leafy kale into a healthy kale chip – toss the kale with olive oil, minced garlic and spread it on a baking sheet. Bake about 15 minutes until it is crisp. You can season with your favorite spices or maybe just some salt and pepper. What a treat for your kids or grandkids!

Bright Orange and Red Veggies

If you’re looking for some bright orange/red vegetables to brighten your day, have you tried our rainbow carrots and beets salad? Just steam these veggies, slice thinly, add cilantro, onions, freshly chopped arugula and toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Ready, set, eat!

Another option is choosing fresh vegetables, steaming them and placing them in individualized wrapped freezer bags for future use. This saves the hassle of cooking – just unfreeze and mix with other ingredients.

Ready to get healthy?

Contact Debbie today for a Nutrition Consultation!

Snacking for your Heart

If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try a trail mix – combining your fresh fruit that’s been dried – such as dried berries, prunes, peaches with some roasted, unsalted nuts and seeds. Or, better yet, start your dinner with our freshly chopped bok choy and add some leaves of swiss chard and complement with other veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery sticks with a light yogurt dressing.

Time for dessert

How about some baked apples or pears, drizzled with some red wine? Rich in fiber, nutrients, low in calories and no need for baked sweets.

Think Low!

Our heart and arteries work better when they are not burdened by so much fats and cholesterol. In fact, our own body can make cholesterol! Selecting skim milk or low-fat milk for your hot or cold drinks and adding color naturally with fresh fruit, will keep you in tip-top heart shape.

Dinner Smells Fishy tonight!

Although we are a society of meat or chicken, try switching to some fish. The American Heart Association recommends grilled or baked fish at least twice a week. Fatty fish, those that are high in omega-3-fatty acids, protect our heart. Look for salmon, trout, tuna and herring.

Fish is quick to prepare. Just add some lemon juice with our freshly minced parsley or cilantro – slice some of our rainbow carrots with onions and in the oven! Or prepare a side salad with our fresh spinach for your aji tuna. Limit your intake of fried fish as it’s usually higher in fat.

Be Brainy-Grainy?

Whole-grains, high-fiber breads or crackers whose first ingredient mentions whole wheat, oatmeal whole rye, whole grain corn and buckwheat are also high in vitamin B. Enhance your quick oatmeal breakfast with some dried fruit and a glass of fresh orange juice.

Recipes

If you want to add more vegetarian options to your meals, try brown rice and lentil casserole with our cilantro, garlic and spinach leaves. Add some cumin for a special kick to your dish. You’ll be getting your fiber, healthy nutrients, no cholesterol and a low-fat alternative to meat and potatoes!

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What are you doing to be heart-healthy?

About Debbie

Debbie Polisky, MS, MBA, CLT is a Bilingual Nutritionist, Zumba Instructor, Wellness Consultant and Adjunct Faculty who uses mind and body techniques, such as mindfulness, stress management, exercise, dance/zumba, yoga and nutrition to improve the lives of patients, students and the community. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, in two countries, Argentina and in USA and in her two native languages, English and Spanish.

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