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Going Heart-Healthy With Your Nutrition

By Stephen R. Farris

You've probably heard the term "heart-healthy" dieting. You may have even seen it mentioned on the menu from your favorite restaurant too. Many restaurants these days offer healthier dishes on their menus and most are labeled heart-healthy. However, you really don't know for certain whether or not these dishes are healthy or not, unless you happen to be in a restaurant that specializes in serving nothing but those types of dishes.

The best way to make sure what you're eating is heart-healthy is to prepare and cook most all your meals at home. True, it can be a hassle sometimes, especially with our busy work schedules. For the most part, you have to figure out a way to work cooking into your diet.

When you think heart-healthy cooking, probably the first thing that comes to mind is how bland the food is going to taste. You mostly likely will have to cut out as much salt as you possibly can, along with certain oils, butter, and margarine (which shouldn't be in your diet anyway). However, there are a few things to get added flavor to your food. Chances are, you might not ever revert to some of those unhealthy ingredients again. So let's spice things up a little. Literally!

Toss in a Few Herbs and Spices

Our taste buds are usually attracted to certain flavors when it comes to eating. Some we enjoy more than others. Switching to a heart-healthy diet doesn't mean you have to lose out on your favorite flavors, simply add a few fresh herbs and spices like basil, oregano or thyme to name a few basics. There are plenty of others to choose from that will enhance any dish you make.

Steamed or Baked, Veggies Are Great

So you've picked out your protein for your meal, now it's time to add a couple of side dishes. You can never go wrong with a few fresh vegetables as sides. There are plenty of choices, such as broccoli, asparagus, squash, Brussels sprouts, and so many others to choose from that will compliment your main entree. These veggies can be steamed or baked in the oven, or if you want, serve them fresh. Whatever suits your taste.

Make Use of Everything

Most times, we end up throwing away the trimmings from our fruits and vegetables. Have you ever thought about not throwing them out, but using them to make soup stock with? It's a great idea to try and it beats buying the processed stocks at your grocery store, which are usually high in sodium.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockville, Md.

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