Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 20 and over?
The team at The Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort in Illinois suggests making simple changes to your diet that will keep your heart healthy and strong. I love this easy-to-follow checklist they created:
The team at The Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort in Illinois suggests making simple changes to your diet that will keep your heart healthy and strong.
• Instead of: Whole or 2 percent milk and cream; Consider this – Use 1 percent or skim milk
• Instead of: Fried foods; Consider this! Eat baked, steamed, boiled, broiled, or microwave foods
• Instead of: Lard, butter, palm and coconut oils; Consider this – Cook with unsaturated vegetable oils such as corn, olive, canola, safflower, sesame, soybean, sunflower, or peanut
• Instead of: Fatty cuts of meat; Consider this – Eat lean cuts of meat or cut off the fatty parts
• Instead of: One whole egg in recipes; Consider this – Use two egg whites
• Instead of: Seasoning veggies with sauces, butter, and salt; Consider this – Season vegetables with fresh herbs and spices
• Instead of: Regular hard and processed cheeses; Consider this – Eat low-fat, low-sodium cheeses
• Instead of: Salted potato chips; Consider this – Choose low-fat, unsalted tortilla and potato chips and unsalted pretzels or popcorn
• Instead of: Sour cream and mayonnaise; Consider this – Use plain low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or low-fat or “light” sour cream
Small adjustments such as these are sure to make a positive impact on your heart health. To your heart!