Get a Healthy Heart!
The American Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and various online medical sources have trumpeted the best recommendations for a healthy heart and one of the leading suggestions is to eat more fruit and vegetables. No surprises here for many of us, but a reiteration of what we already know, “You are what you eat.” Consume healthy food choices and you will become healthier!
Which fruits and vegetables are best?
That’s easy: They’re all good! When you eat many different types of fruits and veggies, you get all the different types of nutrients your body needs to keep a healthy heart. The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with them to get to the recommended 5 cups of vegetables and 4 cups of fruits each day.
The good news is that all produce counts, which means canned, fresh, frozen and dried fruit varieties can help you reach your goal.
A healthy eating pattern is about smart choices. The American Heart Association suggests these daily amounts.
- Fruits – canned, dried, fresh & frozen; 4 servings or 2 cups
- Vegetables – canned, dried, fresh & frozen; 5 servings or 2.5 cups
Food should give you energy– not weigh you down!
So, toss the excuses aside and run through some of the healthy, nutritious fruit and veggie items that you should be adding to the top of your grocery list.
Fruit and Veggie munchies that crunch
We’re talking about:
- Apples, Strawberries, Bananas, Pears, Peaches (Fruit Crisps crunch)
- Carrot and celery sticks
- Bell pepper slices
- Zucchini or cucumber circles
- Roasted chickpeas
- Broccoli and cauliflower florets
Apple Fun fact: America’s favorite fruit is a Superfruit! Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants. Fuji Apples have the highest concentration of bioflavonoids of any variety of apple. Bioflavonoids are essential for health-protection, protecting you from getting diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. They are also essential for maintaining your level of health and beneficial for controlling your weight.
Don’t forget to incorporate 30 minutes of daily, physical activity, which is highly recommended to help keep your heart healthy as well. Fast walking, cardio, jogging, running etc. is very important in conjunction with eating more fruit and vegetables. So what are you waiting for? Eat more fruit and vegetables and be on your way to having a healthier heart!
Did you know Brothers All Natural is America’s leading provider of All Natural freeze dried Fruit Crisps? A favorite, healthy, delicious, naturally sweet fruit snack among kids and adults of all ages. Fruit Crisps are made from fresh fruits and contain the very same nutrition. Healthy snacking made easy, conveniently packaged to take anywhere and everywhere.
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