Take 5 for Heart Health

Choosing nutritious food is a great way to enhance your heart health. Plenty of fresh produce (vegetables and fruit) and whole grains are staples for boosting cardiovascular wellness.

A helpful tool to stay on the right track for heart health is the USDA’s MyPlate site. It  divides food into five groups:

  1. Vegetables. Choose a variety of vegetables with a spectrum of colors, including dark green, red, and orange; legumes (peas and beans); and starchy vegetables.
  2. Fruit. Fruit can be fresh, frozen, dried or canned (in water, not syrup).
  3. Grains. Whole wheat, brown rice, oats, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products.
  4. Dairy or dairy substitutes. Calcium-rich selections from this food group include fat-free or low-fat milk or food made from fat-free/low-fat milk. Soy, rice, and almond “milk” drinks (130 or fewer calories per 8 ounces) are good alternatives too.
  5. Lean protein. Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Vary your protein routine — choose more fish, nuts, seeds and beans.

Let’s Talk About Heart Health

Join me for our Nourish Your Heart Health Chat next Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m., at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. We’ll chat about cardiovascular health and enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting and healthy refreshments. Registration is required and admission is $35. To register, visit the North Shore-LIJ events calendar and enter “Health Chats” in the search field. For additional questions, call the Katz Institute of Women’s Health Resource Center at (855) 850-KIWH (5494).

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