February is the month of “love!” It is the perfect time to show your own heart the attention it deserves during American Heart Month. Each February, American Heart Month is federally designated to raise awareness of heart disease and ways to help prevent it. About 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to heart disease. Celebrate American Heart Month by showing this vital organ extra love with nutritious recipes, shopping tips and food swaps.
Let us first go straight to the heart of the matter with substitutions for cooking. By making these easy swaps, you are able to protect the health of your heart:
Next, while you are shopping keep these heart-healthy tips in mind:
Try this delicious and nutritious fresh Mango-Black Bean Salsa for an easy heart-healthy snack:
Mango-Black Bean Salsa
All you need:
1 medium mango, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch cubes
1 (15 oz) can Hy-Vee black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen Hy-Vee Select super sweet corn, thawed
¼ cup diced red pepper
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
¼ tsp Hy-Vee salt
¼ tsp ground cumin
Baked tortilla chips, for serving
All you do:
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve with baked tortilla chips.
Recipe source: Hy-Vee.com
Just in time for American Heart month is our complimentary, Meet Your Metrics Screening! Looking to take charge of your health? Come in for a free biometric screening with your Hy-Vee dietitian! Your dietitian will collect a blood sample from a finger prick that will be used to determine cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and glucose levels. They will also take resting blood pressure, weight, and body fat percentage. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. To find which locations near you are offering screenings and to sign up for yours, visit www.hy-vee.com/health.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.