Healthy Heart Month Means A Plate Filled With Vegetables
Posted on Feb 07, 2014 by Maggie LaBarbera
February is national Heart Health month and a reminder to all of us about ways we can keep our hearth healthy through diet and exercise.
For the next few blogs, I am going to focus on each of the food groups and what foods keep our heart healthy and what foods may not be so healthy for you and your family's heart. And yes, that includes children because believe it or not, unhealthy changes in the heart can begin during childhood.
Part 5: Healthy Hearts and Vegetables
Saving the best food group for last, it is time to talk VEGGIES!. All vegetables and 100% vegetable juice count as vegetables. Vegetables are rich in so many vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fiber. The special thing about this food group is it also low in fat and calories. So you can really fill up on vegetables and not worry about your weight. Vegetables, like fruit, are associated with preventing heart disease including heart attacks. The fiber also helps lower the bad cholesterol (LDLs) and increases the good heart healthy cholesterol (HDLs).
Heart Health Tip: To help your heart stay healthy fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables Pick different colors throughout the week.
Unlike some of the other food groups, most adults and kids don't get enough vegetables. This is one food group that you don't have to worry about portion control and setting limits. This is a food that you want to include at every meal and more than one.
Heart Health Tip: Buy vegetables in season and get better pricing. You can also buy canned and frozen for out of season vegetables.
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Of course, you want your kids to eat healthier foods but the challenge is how do you do this without nagging and creating a negative experience at the dinner table. That is the real challenge! Ways to get your child excited about fruits and vegetables.
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Help your children color their plates with all the colors of the rainbow! We have put together a complete list of vegetables by color!
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Nice overview of the foods from the vegetable group. Article also includes tips on how to buy vegetables whether you are shopping at the grocery store or at your local farmer's market.
Try some of our family's favorite vegetables to grill this summer! There are so many different vegetables that you can add to your barbecue menu for a healthy meal that helps children meet their serving requirements. Our dietitians share some cooking tips for grilling vegetables that the whole familiy will enjoy.
Grilling healthier food choices this summer by adding vegetables to your barbecue menu. Cooking outdoors with your kids and family is a great way to role model good nutrition with healthy food choices that are fun! Plan a healthier and creative barbecue this summer with grilled vegetables.
Use potatoes to add more vegetables to your meal and your kids will love It. Our dietiians share tips and tricks on how to use this tasty vegetables to get children to eat more vegetables. Potatoes are easy to cook and combined with other vegetables will help your child meet their vegetable servings requirements.
Potatoes are a healthy vegetable that has important vitamin and minerals. We have put togheter some Interesting facts about potatoes that you can share with your children.
What Counts As A Vegetable Serving? The vegetable group is an important food group that provides children with much needed vitamins and minerals for growing a healthy body that can fight off diseases. Here is a guide to make a healthy serving of vegetable from the My Plate vegetable food group.