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Heart-smart recipes made easy

Published: Wed, January 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Eating for heart health is actually easier — and more delicious — than you might think. When you have a good plan and plenty of mouthwatering recipes, you’ll enjoy taking care of your heart.

According to the FDA, diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Here are some tips to help you make these kinds of heart-smart choices:

Choose leaner cuts of meat. You can find plenty of delicious options such as skin less chicken, lean pork and beef. And you can make smart substitu tions, too — use ground turkey instead of ground beef to make meatloaf or burgers even leaner.

Add fruits and veggies to every meal. Strawberries in yogurt, blueberries on a salad, carrots and hummus as a snack, roasted sweet potatoes with dinner — it’s easier than you think to add nutrient-dense produce to your diet. Eat plenty of different colored produce for variety and a wider range of health benefits.

Enjoy more whole grains. Whole grains add carbohydrates for energy, fiber to fill you up and nutrients important for good health. And, according to a recent national survey, 4 out of 5 doctors recom mend Post Shredded Wheat as part of a healthy, low-sodium diet, to maintain a healthy heart, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support healthy blood-pressure levels.

These recipes are a great start to adding more whole grains — and they’re so good, you might forget they are heart smart.

Get more tips and heart-smart recipes at www.PostShreddedWheat.com.

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