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Eating healthy on a regular basis is extremely important for good heart-health but overall, your health. Therefore, WebMD published a great article on 21 different types of food that are beneficial to your heart.

Fresh Herbs

Adding this to your food, instead of salt will not only add flavour but it will eliminate your salt and fat intake.

Black Beans

Beans have so many heart-healthy nutrients. Beans can lower blood pressure, and the fiber in them can help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Salmon: Super Food

Salmon is a super-food that is rich in omega-3s. Omega 3’s are healthy fats that can lessen the risk of heart disorders.

Olive Oil

This oil is a healthy fat, which is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, and they may protect your blood vessels.

Walnuts

A small handful of walnuts a day may lower your cholesterol and protect against inflammation.

Check out more at WebMD.

5 medication-free strategies to help prevent heart disease

Although genetics does play a part in your overall heart health, there are steps you can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. If you follow these 5 strategies you’ll be well on your way to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco

Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack. When it comes to heart disease prevention, no amount of smoking is safe. Smokeless tobacco and low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes also are risky, as is exposure to secondhand smoke.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week

Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease. And when you combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater.

3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

Eating a special diet called the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan can help protect your heart. Following the DASH diet means eating foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, which can help protect your heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein, and certain types of fish also can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Continue reading at www.mayoclinic.com for the rest of these 5 heart health tips.

Understanding what types of heart-healthy foods to incorporate into your diet can be a confusing process. There are many articles online stating that certain foods or diet fads can benefit you; but who’s to know what is real and what isn’t? Fortunately for us, our Registered Dietitian, Marsha Rosen, has curated a list of heart-healthy foods that are highly beneficial for your diet.

Your list of foods for a balanced diet should include a variety of choices from all food groups.

Here are some excellent suggestions to begin with and build on.

10 Heart Healthy Foods

Salmon – Salmon and other fatty fish like mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring, trout and arctic char; are extremely good for heart health as they contain plenty of omega-3 fats, which can help to lower the risk of heart disease. It’s recommended that you aim to eat at least 2 servings of fish a week.

There are three types of omega-3 fats:

  • ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

All three types of omega-3 fats are important to have in your diet.

Other foods that contain omega-3 fats include:

  • Eggs
  • Margarine enriched with the omega-3 fat DHA – made with fish oil
  • Yogurt – fortified with Omega-3
  • Soy beverage – Omega-3 fortified
  • Soybeans – edamame

Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a high in soluble fibre, which can help to lower cholesterol. It’s recommended that you avoid eating instant oatmeal, as it often will contain sugar, and instead opting for traditional old-fashioned oats.

Berries – Berries such as strawberries and blueberries are believed to carry antioxidants that help to decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels. This is attributed to the benefit of compounds known as anthocyanins, and flavonoids.

Potatoes – Although potatoes can be more challenging to your heart healthy dining, if you don’t deep fry them, they can be extremely good for your heart. They’re rich in potassium and high in fibre (if the skin is left on), which again, can help lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes – Similar to potatoes, tomatoes are high in heart-healthy potassium. Plus they’re a good source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may help to get rid of “bad ” cholesterol, keep blood vessels open and lower heart attack risk.

Nuts – Any nuts that you consume are good for your heart fibre (As long as they’re not salted or contain added oils or fats), and also contain vitamin E, which helps to lower bad cholesterol.

Legumes – Legumes such as dried beans, peas and lentils, are an excellent source of protein without a lot of added fat.

Broccoli, spinach and kale – When it comes to your heart health, you can’t go wrong with vegetables. Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach or kale can give an extra boost to your heart. These are high in carotenoids, which act as antioxidants and can free your body of potentially harmful compounds. They’re also high in fibre and contain lots of vitamins and minerals.

Flax seeds – Flax seeds as well as chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fibre content.

Avocado – These soft, tasty fruits will provide your body and heart with plenty of healthy fats. They’re composed of monounsaturated fats, high in antioxidants, and also contain potassium to help lower heart disease factors.

And finally:

When following these healthy food options, remember that those that are higher in fat – nuts, seeds, fatty fish, oils, even though they are heart-healthy fats, can work against you. How can that be?? If your portions of these foods are too large it can lead to unwanted weight gain which again will contribute to a less healthy you. Follow Canada’s Food Guide for suggested serving sizes.

 

 

 

 

Today, our Mikey ambassador Johanna Coutinho- Miss Mississauga World, who is competing in Miss World Canada next month got to meet Dan Lawrence- Founder of Canada’s 911.

Canada’s 911 foundation has been an incredible supporter of The Mikey Network since 2007.

Since then, they have raised and donated over $200K, which has helped several families across Ontario. We are so privileged to have the support of Canada’s 911 team and foundation.

On the other hand, our Mikey ambassador- Johanna strives to work alongside us with our Mikey Kids Program. Johanna’s goal and her Beauty with a Purpose project are to essentially raise awareness and raise funds to implement as many AEDs as possible.

Meeting someone like Dan, who takes so much effort and pride to support The Mikey Network is something to truly be grateful for and to me that is inspiring, where I can help alongside and use my platform for the better,” said, Johanna Coutinho – Miss Mississauga World (Mikeys Ambassador).

Thank you to Canada’s 911 Foundation for all of their support and their continued partnership with us.

Serves 6
Oven 375 Degrees

Ingredients

QuantityIngredient
1/2 cupDried cherries (or raisins if not available)
 Zest of 1 whole orange or lemon
1 cupSugar (or Splenda if desired)
1 tbsp.Flour
1/2 tsp.Ground ginger
1/4 tsp.Salt
3Granny Smith apples, large, peeled chopped (about 4 cups)
6-8 oz.Cranberries, fresh or frozen, cleaned, rinsed, drained
  
Topping 
1/2 cupPanko crumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs) – use regular if not available
2 tbsp.Brown sugar
1/4 tsp.Ground ginger
2 tbsp.Butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven
  2. Prepare baking pan – use a 10″ quiche
  3. Soak the cherries/raisins if needed, in 1/2 cup warm water for 20 minutes, drain.  Combine them with the fruit zest in a small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together, sugar/Splenda, flour ginger and salt.
  5.  Into the bowl, stir in the apples, cranberries, and dried cherries/ currants and the zest.
  6. Turn this into the prepared baking pan.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients.
  8. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit
  9. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly and many of the cranberries have popped.

Serve warm alone, or topped with 1/2 cup low-fat frozen yogurt.

Recipes From Our Resident Expert, Marsha Rosen, RD
Here are some heart-healthy recipes provided by Marsha Rosen, RD (Registered Dietitian).

If you have nutrition questions for our dietician, you can email Marsha here…

Do you have a heart-healthy recipe that you would like to share? Send your recipes to info@mikeynetwork.com