Eat Smart

It’s a fact. People who eat plants live longer.

Pack your plate with a rainbow of delicious vegetables and fruits. You’ll improve your heart health and increase your longevity. Eat until your 80% full rather than stuffed.

Make family dinners a priority. Families who eat together tend to eat healthier. Dinner is a great time to connect with each other.

If you want to be healthy and live longer, your diet is a good place to start. Here are heart smart options.

Vegetables – People who eat more vegetables and fruits live longer. Help yourself to asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, leeks, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, garlic and onions.

Fruits – Heart smart fruits include berries, kiwi, oranges, cantaloupe, pomegranate, peaches, papaya and avocado (yes, it’s a fruit.)

Grains – Whole grains lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Enjoy a cup of oats or brown rice. Barley, flaxseed and wheat are great choices too.

Beans – The children’s rhyme was right. Beans are good for your heart. Best bets are black beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans and lentils.

Fish – Seafood is the reel deal. Fatty types such as salmon, tuna, herring and sardines contain high amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

EATING SMART is one of the best investments you can make in your health. Bon appetit.

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