Nutrition Tips for Heart Health
Healthy living is the key to heart health. Nutrition, fitness, and your psychological state all play an important role in how your heart functions. And the secret to proper nutrition is simple and the answer lays inside your kitchen and local grocery store!
The American Heart Association notes that healthy eating does not have to mean dieting and giving up all the foods you love. You simply need to ditch the junk and provide your body with the nutrient-dense food it needs and deserves! Follow these basic tips to set your foundation for better nutrition:
- Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. If you are trying not to gain weight, do not eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day.
- Check the serving size and servings per container because what might seem like a typical portion could actually equal two or more servings.
- Cook at home. You have more control over ingredients and portion sizes, so aim to cook at home more often than eating out.
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups with an that emphasis on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils.
- Limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Reduce your sodium intake.
- Package your own healthy snacks such as portion-sized cut-up vegetables and fruits.
- Look for foods with the American Heart Association’s trusted Heart-Check mark to make smarter food choices.
- Watch out for added sugars. They add extra calories but no helpful nutrients.
By following these tips daily, you can take a step-by-step approach to a more balanced and healthier diet that improves your heart health!