Choosing the right foods will do more than just help out your heart health, but can also:
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1. Eat fruits and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables provide helpful nutrients (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre) and can keep you feeling full longer.
Some popular heart-healthy fruits and vegetables include:
2. Choose whole grains over refined grains
Whole grain foods provide fibre, protein and B vitamins that will help you stay full and healthy longer.
Some examples of whole grain foods include:
3. Pay attention to protein
Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle, bones, and skin. Eating protein daily is essential in maintaining a diet that will improve your heart health.
Heart-healthy meat and fish proteins include:
Examples of heart-healthy alternative proteins are:
4. Drink lots of water
With helpful tips and recipes, you can enjoy eating the right foods to protect your heart health. Being mindful of what you are eating doesn’t require a complete diet overhaul or mean that your meals need to lack flavour. Simple food swaps can make your favourite dishes “diabetes-friendly”. See here for more nutrition information, recipes, grocery and meal planning tips.
“Grocery aisles can be overwhelming. Stick to the sides of the grocery store to find the fresh and perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy.”
– Mark McEwan
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