Celebrate American Heart Month by Shopping Smart for Your Heart
CHICAGO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now is a good time to stock your kitchen with ingredients that will help you weather tough economic times and stick with healthy New Year resolutions. The following heart-smart ingredients are all less than $1 per serving, free of artificial trans fat and relatively low in saturated fat, while offering important nutrients. They are also widely available. Combine several of these ingredients to get a range of nutritious and delicious meals.
"Cooking at home is one of best ways to save money and ensure healthy choices," says Janet Evans, CanolaInfo spokeswoman for American Heart Month, mother and four-time Olympic gold medalist. "I use the following ingredients to make simple, delicious meals for my family."
1. Pour Your Heart into Canola Oil
Canola oil is the perfect base for any dish. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim that 1.5 tablespoons of canola oil per day may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.(1) Canola oil is free of trans fat and has the least saturated fat and the most omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) of all common cooking oils.
2. Pulse for Health
Pulse crops, such as lentils and dry beans (e.g., black and red kidney beans), contain nutrients found in both vegetable and meat food groups, including significant protein, fiber, folate, iron and other minerals. Lentils and dry beans are naturally low in fat, calories, sodium and sugar and cholesterol-free.
3. Best Cluck for Your Buck
Both the chicken and the egg come first regarding nutrition. A skinless chicken breast has roughly 24 grams of complete protein and less than 1 gram of saturated fat. One egg has 13 essential nutrients, including protein, folate, choline, iron and zinc, for only 75 calories.
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