Cut the Calories! (Heart Health)

Cut the Calories! (Heart Health)

If you’re trying to improve your heart function by eating healthy, you should be adding lots of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy to your meals. By increasing your intake of these nutritious foods, you can cut calories without feeling hungry. Here are some alternatives to unhealthy foods:

To increase fruits —

Eat a medium apple instead of four shortbread cookies. You’ll save 80 calories.

Eat 1/4 cup of dried apricots instead of a 2-ounce bag of pork rinds. You’ll save 230 calories.

To increase vegetables —

Have a hamburger that’s 3 ounces of meat instead of 6 ounces. Add 1/2-cup serving of carrots and 1/2-cup serving of spinach. You’ll save more
than 200 calories.

Instead of 5 ounces of chicken, have a stir-fry with 2 ounces of chicken and 1 1/2 cups of raw vegetables. Use a small amount of vegetable oil. You’ll save 50 calories.

To increase low-fat or fat-free dairy products —

Have a 1/2-cup serving of low-fat frozen yogurt instead of a 1 1/2-ounce milk chocolate bar. You’ll save about 110 calories.
While these measures may be small, they do add up to big changes when it comes to a healthy heart.

B-man :wink: