April 14, 2010

What Foods Are Healthiest from the Grocery Store?

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:19 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

I’m sure many heart disease patients have experienced the frustration of finding healthy foods at the grocery store.  You’ve got to inspect every detail of the nutrition facts to verify how much fat, calories, sodium and/or whole grains is in each serving.  One of the easiest ways to know if an item is appropriate for heart patients is to look for the Heart-Check Mark.

This is a special symbol designated by the American Heart Association for foods that meet their heart healthy criteria.  They actually have 3 different symbols that look similar but are intended for different products: Low in Saturated Fat & Cholesterol, Extra Lean (for meats) and Whole Grain.  Any of these symbols will still mean that the product is low in sodium, cholesterol and trans fat.

Once you know what to look for, shopping for a healthy heart can be much easier when someone else has already figured out what’s good for you!  In case you have trouble hunting down an item that has the symbol, you can find a complete list at: http://www.checkmark.heart.org/ProductsByCategory

December 8, 2009

Heart Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted in Heart disease tips, Helpful Heart Links tagged , , , , , , , at 3:48 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

There are plenty of great gifts available for patients with heart disease. From clothing that supports finding a cure to gift baskets to low-sodium foods. Some of my favorite ideas include a gift certificate to the local cardiac rehab facility, a new, fancy blood pressure monitor or a freshly made meal by a specialty catering store that is low fat and low calorie. Below I’ve posted some links to websites which offer some new and interesting ideas for specialty gifts:

Heart Disease Clothing
Heart Disease Gift Baskets
Heart Healthy Food Store Website
Healthy Heart Meals Delivered

Of course, an informative book about heart disease is a must-have as well. Unfortunately, What To Do When You Have Heart Disease will probably not be available until just after Christmas. But keep it in mind for January when everyone is vowing to keep their New Year’s resolutions!