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Heart Month: Tips on Keeping a Healthy Heart

Heart healthy tips

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.

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.

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!

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.

Below are some delicious healthy heart recipes!

Try this whole grain Chicken bulgur salad! Add lentils, quinoa and vegetables of your choice!

https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Recipes/Salads-and-soups/Chicken-Bulgur-Salad.aspx

Check-in weekly for new tips & recipes!

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