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So often when we are making meal choices, we don’t skip a beat to think about the health implications our decisions have on our body. Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is one way to stay healthy, and being diligent about making smart choices day-after-day can also help you feel better (both physically and mentally). Along with these benefits, eating right can help reduce your risk of illness and disease. February is Heart Awareness Month and a great time to focus on your cardiovascular health while still enjoying what you eat. Jessica Hicks, Registered Dietitian, gives some nutrition tips on eating right for your heart:
Jessica recommends the MyPlate method where there is ¼ lean protein, ¼ carbs and ½ veggies with a side of fruit.
One of Jessica’s favorite heart-healthy dishes is baked salmon marinated in balsamic vinegar, seasoned with tarragon and pepper with a side of brown rice or something high in fiber like bulgur or farrow. She recommends also adding either a side of steamed veggies or a side salad with olive oil and either vinegar or lemon juice.