The Tin Woodman in the Wizard of Oz wished he only had a heart, only to find out he always had a heart! Turns out his heart was beating in all the right ways, and he just needed to be aware to care for his heart as it cared for him. I wish everyone valued and cared for their heart like the Tin Woodman.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America. Like the Tin Woodman, it’s important to take steps to maintain our beating hearts. Eating healthy foods is the most important step you can take to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. However, it’s the overall pattern of your choices that counts. So, the more often you make good choices in your meal decisions, the better off your heart and you will be.
Recently, the American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations evolved from nutrient-based to food-based dietary patterns. For instance, instead of focusing on the number of grams of carbohydrates, they recommend focusing on the carbohydrates you are consuming. This change resulted from food-based scientific research on the importance of specific nutrients found in foods while also making it easier for people to follow. For example, an average adult should eat 4 cups of red/orange vegetables per week, a cup and a half of dark green vegetables per week, 8 ounces of fish, a cup and a half of fruit per day, etc.
Working alongside the American Heart Association, DinnerTime developed its Heart-Healthy meals to fulfill these AHA recommendations. To receive balanced heart-healthy meal recommendations, simply choose Heart-Healthy as your dietary style in your DinnerTime Profile. To learn more about the power of your profiles, click here.
DinnerTime’s Heart-Healthy dietary style promotes nutrient-dense foods that conform to AHA’s weekly requirements for dinner. Over the course of a week, we suggest meals with a variety of foods to comply with all of the AHA recommendations. We also limit processed foods, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar. See the delicious examples below:
The foods promoted by our Heart-Healthy dietary style include:
- Lean proteins such as fish and chicken
- Vegetables in all the colors of the rainbow
- Whole grains and other complex carbohydrates
- Healthy fats like avocado and nuts
Our Heart-Healthy dietary style not only recommends meals good for heart health, but the dishes still reflect your personalized profile. This means that the Heart-Healthy recommendations will vary based on the other selections you’ve chosen, including taste preferences, other health concerns, and what’s on sale this week at your local grocery store.
Check out our Heart-Healthy suggestions below.
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