Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the US, according to the American Heart Association. Hoping to make a difference, Food Network star and dietician Ellie Krieger teamed up with Campbell’s to promote heart health throughout American Heart Month. Ellie is working to improve heart health in America with heart-healthy recipes like Turkey Chili-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and Chicken With White Bean Vegetable Simmer. She also gave us a few heart-healthy tips that are easy to make a part of your daily routine.
Eat Until You Are Satisfied, Not Stuffed. A great way to manage portions, and, in turn, to help keep weight in check, is to pay attention to your level of satisfaction during a meal. It takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to communicate to your stomach that it is full, so if you keep eating until you’re full, you probably wind up overeating. Nutritionists suggest stopping when you’re about a 5 or 6 out of 10 on the full scale.
Choose American Heart Association-approved products. The American Heart Association applies their iconic check mark to foods that meet their strict dietary guidelines. Campbell’s Soup offers 80 options that meet the criteria for the American Heart Association’s heart-healthy check mark.
Reduce stress in your life. Stress can wreak havoc on your body and may have negative implications on heart health. The negative effects of stress include high blood pressure, trouble sleeping, and a weakened immune system. Find something in your life that helps you reduce stress, such as a funny television show, an exercise class, or a relaxing hobby like cooking or crafting.
Incorporate healthy nuts into your diet. Nuts are loaded with heart-healthy fats, fiber, protein, and other nutrients that are essential to a balanced diet. Try incorporating them into yogurt or cereal, eat them alongside fruit for breakfast, or throw them into your bag for a quick afternoon snack: you’ll get a satisfying crunch that helps keep you fuller longer.
Toast to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Many studies show that moderate alcohol consumption, which is defined as one drink a day for women and two for men, can have a positive effect on heart health. Red wine, in particular, contains the antioxidant resveratrol. If you don’t already drink, don’t feel like you need to start, but if you do, know you can feel good about that glass of wine with dinner.