Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge Day 13: Find a new fish that's low in mercury

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:44
Find a new fish that’s low in mercury to try for dinner this week. In high doses, mercury can harm the nervous system, heart, lungs, kidneys and immune system (and even low levels can affect brains of young children). Print out a pocket guide of low-mercury seafood choices in your region from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (seafoodwatch.org).

Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge Day 14: Put dried beans on your shopping list

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:41
Dried beans might seem intimidating, but they're actually not that hard to cook. Our bean cooking guide shows you how to cook them in your pressure cooker, slow cooker or in a regular pot. Why bother? Cooking your own dried beans helps you avoid the chemical BPA (bisphenol A), a so-called endocrine disruptor--it's used to make the resins in can linings, then leaches into food.

Heart-Healthy Tip #2: Go Bananas

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:16
Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip: Go bananas: One banana has 422 mg—about 12 percent of your recommended daily dose—of potassium. Research suggests that diets rich in potassium can help lower blood pressure. Other good sources include sweet potatoes (694 mg for one medium), nonfat yogurt (579 mg for 1 cup) and spinach (419 mg for ½ cup, cooked). Related Links:

Heart-Healthy Tip #4: Add Oats or Wheat Germ

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:09
Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip: Add oats or wheat germ: Adding oats or wheat germ to waffle or pancake batter provides cholesterol-lowering fiber and great texture. Try These Recipes: Healthy Pancakes Multi-Grain Waffles

Heart-Healthy Tip #5: Pack a Power Salad

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:04
Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip: Pack a power salad: Pack a salad for lunch and be sure to toss in some fresh spinach and sliced almonds: both of these ingredients are good sources of magnesium, a mineral that plays a role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. Two cups of raw spinach supplies 12% of the daily value for magnesium and 1 ounce of almonds supplies 21% DV. Try These Recipe Ideas:

Heart-Healthy Tip #7: Substitute Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for Butter

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:56
Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip: Substitute extra-virgin olive oil for butter to reduce saturated fat and add heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat. More Healthy Ideas: 10 Healthy Baking Recipes with Olive Oil

Heart-Healthy Tip #8: Go Skinless

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:52
Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip: Go Skinless: Removing the skin from chicken saves 4 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat (the kind that raises "bad" LDL cholesterol) for each 3-ounce serving. Healthy Chicken Recipes: Heart Healthy Chicken Recipes