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Our Favorite Heart Healthy Recipes
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It’s American Heart Month! To help celebrate, we’re rounding up some of our all-time favorite heart healthy recipes. We’re also sharing some go-to nutrition tips to help us all keep our hearts healthy and our tummies happy.

Apple Carrot Ginger Soup | Our Favorite Heart Healthy Recipes | Festival's Dietitians | Blog.FestFoods.com

Fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals and fiber, so it’s no wonder why the majority of our plates should be filled with these nutritional powerhouses. They can be fresh, frozen, dried or canned, because all forms matter and count towards our daily intake! These are some of our favorite ways to enjoy more fruits and veggies:

 

fish with vegetables and lemons

Swap in more healthy fats. 

Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil and fatty fish, are inflammation-fighting and can help protect our heart. We love including more heart healthy fats in dishes like these:

 

Black Bean Burrito Bowl | Our Favorite Heart Healthy Recipes | Festival's Dietitians | Blog.FestFoods.com

Focus on Fiber.

Fiber-rich foods, like whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables can help lower cholesterol and help keep us feeling fuller, longer. Include more fiber on your plate with these delicious recipes:

 

Skillet Lemon Chicken & Rice | Our Favorite Heart Healthy Recipes | Festival's Dietitians | Blog.FestFoods.com

Go lean with protein.

Protein also plays an important role in helping keep hunger at bay. For heart health, opt for lean protein foods whenever possible. Choose “loin” or “round” cuts of beef or pork, skinless poultry and plain fish and seafood. Here are a few of our favorite dishes featuring lean protein sources:

 

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies | Our Favorite Heart Healthy Recipes | Festival's Dietitians | Blog.FestFoods.com

Enjoy better-for-you sweet treats … in moderation

We believe that all foods can fit in a healthy balanced diet. The key is enjoying treats in moderation. If possible, we encourage trading up for more nutritious options whenever possible. This might mean using NuVal® to find a better-for-you treat or swapping out less healthy ingredients for more nutrition, like in these scrumptious recipes:

 

Emily Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods.

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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4 comments to 'Our Favorite Heart Healthy Recipes'
  1. Linda Hirschmiller
    Linda Hirschmiller

    Our go-to heart healthy recipe is: Lime Sauced Chicken 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 med. lime 3/4 c. apple juice 1 T. cornstarch 1/2 c. chicken broth Preheat skillet over medium heat - spray skillet with Pam. Add chicken and cook 8-10 minutes, turning to brown. Remove and keep warm. Remove thin strips of lime peel and cut into thin strips. Squeeze 1T. lime juice. Combine lime juice, apple juice,cornstarch and broth - cook & stir approx. 2 minutes until thick & bubbly. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lime peel. This dish tastes like Spring!

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    1. Festival's Dietitians
      Festival's Dietitians

      Sounds delicious, Linda! Can't wait to try this out! :) Thank you for your participation, we will be emailing you shortly for details on receiving your gift card!
    2. Festival's Dietitians
      Festival's Dietitians

      Sounds delicious, Linda! Can't wait to try this out! :) Thank you for your participation, we will be emailing you shortly for details on receiving your gift card!
  2. Carmen N
    Oven roasted pork loin 1.5 lbs pork loin 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried rosemary 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp olive oil Preheat oven to 425ºF. Mince the garlic. Mix with the other spices and olive oil. Place the pork on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Rub the oil and herb mixture over the entire surface of the pork (including underneath). Bake for 30-45 min or until the internal temperature is 145ºF. Allow pork to rest for 10 min before slicing.

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    1. Festival's Dietitians
      Festival's Dietitians

      I think this might just be a new go-to meal in my house! Thank you for sharing, Carmen! We will be emailing you shortly for details on receiving your gift card.
    2. Festival's Dietitians
      Festival's Dietitians

      I think this might just be a new go-to meal in my house! Thank you for sharing, Carmen! We will be emailing you shortly for details on receiving your gift card.
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