Healthy eating starts with having the right kind of healthy foods in the kitchen. Heart-healthy foods help to lower cholesterol and keep blood pressure in check. If you are not sure what to buy, print this blog and take it to the grocery store.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They also have fiber which lowers cholesterol and improves heart health. Try to get five cups of combined fruit and vegetables a day.
Great choices are apples, berries, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, dark leafy, greens, eggplant, grapes, kale, oranges, pears, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini.
Dairy and Calcium Products
Dairy is a great source of calcium. Just skip the heavy cream and choose low-fat options. Your choices are buttermilk, cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, nonfat creamers, skim milk, sour cream and yogurt.
Soy milk, almond milk and other non-dairy products may also be options. Check the labels to see if they are fortified with calcium and other nutrients. Remember, when shopping for these drinks, choose unsweetened products to avoid added sugar.