Did you know that in line with Valentine’s Day, February is heart health month?
This month is dedicated to highlighting ways in which we can improve heart health.
The Ottawa Food Bank is committed to offering more unprocessed and healthful foods; with the help of the Black Family Farm, the Ottawa Food Banks provides 43% fresh foods to their member agencies.
Below are some tips to help you maintain a healthy heart!
Week #1 Tips
Eating vegetables and fruits daily can help decrease the risk of several nutrition-related chronic diseases, including heart disease.
Did you know that eating the peels of vegetables and fruits, whenever possible, will increase your total daily fibre intake? This helps keep your heart healthy!
Week #2 Tips
Whole grains are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. They contain a high amount of vitamins, minerals and fibre. The fibre present in whole grains reduces the risk of many nutrition-related chronic diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.
Did you know that oats are whole grains? In fact, they contain fibre that helps to lower cholesterol, which is good for your heart!
Week #3 Tips
Try switching up your main source of protein by adding more plant-based protein to your diet. Did you know that not only are they more affordable than meats, but they are also full of fibre, vitamins and minerals that help keep you and your heart healthy!
Did you know that plant-based proteins such as legumes, lentils and beans contain protein, fibre and heart-healthy fats?
Week #4 Tips
Fats are an important part of a healthful balanced diet, it is important to not cut them out, but instead, choose the right kind of fats. Fats have many important functions in the body! They aid in the absorption of different vitamins and minerals. Some fats even have a protective effect on your heart and your overall health!
All tips adapted from heartandstroke.ca.
Unhealthy fats are often hidden in processed foods such as hotdogs, chips, french fries, deli meat, donuts and other snacks. These could increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Below are some delicious healthy heart recipes!
Try this whole grain Chicken bulgur salad! Add lentils, quinoa and vegetables of your choice!
Try this stuffed peppers recipe. The vitamin C in the peppers allows for better absorption of the iron present in beans and lentils!*