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Sunday, February 6, 2011

8 Foods proven To Be Good For Your Heart

Here are (8) foods proven to be good for your heart:

  • Oatmeal  / contains soluble fiber which helps soak up cholesterol and push it through the digestive system
  • Extra Virgin olive oil / contains inflammation-suppressing antioxidants called poly phenols
  • Figs and other fruits / rich in fiber, vitamins, potassium and plaque - fighting poly phenols (watch the sugar)
  • Greens and other vegetables, especially dark green, and leafy veggies
  • Walnuts and flax seeds - eat raw walnuts and put ground flax seeds and flax seed oil on your morning oatmeal
  • Salmon and other seafood / fatty cold water fish contain large amounts of Omega 3's, DHA, and EPA
  • Red Wine / loaded with flavonoids (potent poly phenol antioxidants) MODERATION is key word
  • Lentils and other legumes / a source of low fat protein (beans, peas, lentils)

Add a daily walk of 30-45 minutes and you are well on your way to a healthier heart.

Tired of walking, and eating green beans and salmon. Don't be because they are GOOD for you, but that doesn't mean you can't have a treat. Instead of eating a banana cream pie all by yourself and then feeling bad about it, try this:
From the following link:

Link to Healthy Desserts

Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

So the next time your sweet tooth beckons, try a few of these tasty temptations:
  • No-sugar hot chocolate with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top
  • A low-calorie parfait made of sugar-free pudding alternately layered with sugar-free whipped topping
  • Sugar-free gelatin made with fresh fruit or canned fruit packed in extra light syrup
Here are some more ideas for delicious, diabetes-friendly desserts.

Fruit Treats

Fruit is naturally sweet, and it's easy to dress it up as a healthy treat for your entire household. Here are a couple of ideas:
Melon Salad
In a medium bowl, combine 3 cups of cubed cantaloupe and 3 cups of cubed honeydew melon. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves and 1 tablespoon honey. Toss gently to coat. Makes 6 servings.
From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.
Fruit Salad With Yogurt Dressing
In a medium bowl, toss together 2 cups of sliced strawberries, 1 cup of blueberries, and 2 cups green grapes.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup plain, fat-free yogurt; 1 tablespoon honey; 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour this dressing over fruit and toss gently. Makes 5 servings.
From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. Reprinted with permission from the American Diabetes Association Inc.

Most over-the-counter and almost all prescribed drug treatments merely mask symptoms or control health problems or in some way alter the way organs or systems such as the circulatory system work.

Drugs almost never deal with the reasons why these problems exist, while they frequently create new health problems as side effects of their activities.
- John R. Lee, M.D.

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