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Heart Healthy Foods

Looking to take care of your heart? Maybe you had a scare recently and are heeding a wake-up call. Maybe your family has a history of heart problems. Whatever the reasons, BSA CareXpress Urgent Care is here to talk about what foods are best for a healthy, happy heart!

Portion Size: First off, how much you eat can often be just as important as what you eat. Controlling your portion sizes can go a long way in managing your heart and overall health. Avoid eating until your “stuffed” and going for seconds. Using smaller plates can also help control your portion sizes. Eat low-calorie snacks like fruits and vegetables over high sodium, processed snacks and fast food.

More Fresh Fruits and Veggies: Fruits and veggies are a great way to fill your stomach without loading up on calories and sodium. Keep veggies washed and prepared in your fridge for a snack. Prepare meals that use veggies and fruits as the main ingredient like stir-fry or salads. Avoid canned fruits loaded with high sugar syrup and vegetables that are in a heavy, creamy sauce or that have been breaded. These are loaded with fats and sugar and won’t help at all.

Whole Grains: Fiber is the main reason whole grains are good. They also have other nutrients that help regulate heart health and blood pressure. Oatmeal is a great one and perfect for breakfast. Whole grain breads, not made from flour, are also great. Whole grain such as brown rice or barley are also great options. Doughnuts, cornbread, muffins, and other breads made from flour you’ll want to avoid.

These are only a couple of ways you can promote general and heart health! Check back next week for more! Sick? Come visit one of BSA CareXpress Urgent Care’s many convenient  locations!


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