Looking for ways to incorporate more heart healthy choices in to your diet? I am sharing five food swaps that you can do in your daily routine to help keep your heart healthy as well as reduce your calorie intake and boost your mood!
1. Instead of Iceberg Lettuce
THE SWAP: Spinach
Healthy Benefit – Spinach is packed with Vitamin K, iron and fiber and is an excellent source of nutrients. Spinach is also high in folate which has been proven to help curb onset depression and dementia.
2. Instead of Mayonnaise
THE SWAP: Avocado Spread (Take one avocado and mash it together with sea salt, black pepper, lemon juice and lime!)
Health Benefit – Cuts down on calories as well as sugar. Avocados are packed with heart healthy fats.
3. Instead of a Tortilla
THE SWAP: Lettuce Cup (You can use Iceberg or Boston Lettuce.)
Health Benefit – Cuts down on calories.
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4. Instead of Bread and Butter
THE SWAP: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Health Benefits – Olive oil is a heart healthy oil. Vinegar has been known to stabilize blood sugar, and it makes you feel fuller longer!
5. Instead of Cheese and Crackers
THE SWAP: Cheese and an Apple
Health Benefit – An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Heart healthy apples have also been known to help keep cancer cells from multiplying as well has fight Alzheimer’s and reduce cholesterol.
What’s your favorite swap?
Written by Cristina Ferrare. This article originally appeared on MariaShriver.com.
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