With the holidays right around the corner, it might be beneficial to begin eating healthy today. In honor of "Start Eating Healthy Day," Dr. Reetu Sharma from the Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute joins us to share tasty food alternatives to consider before we're confronted by holiday temptations. She suggests planning ahead to have these healthy choices handy and making recipes with less salt and fat.
Life's Simple 7
-Never smoked or quit more than one year ago
-Body mass index less than 25 kg/m2
-Physical activity of at least 150 minutes (moderate) or 75 minutes (vigorous) each week
-Four to five of the key components of a healthy diet consistent with current American Heart Association guideline recommendations
-Total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL
-Blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg
-Fasting blood glucose less than 100 mg/dL
Foods to eat on a daily basis that are heart-healthy
Choose whole-grain, high-fiber breads
Fruits and vegetables that are good sources of fiber
In the dairy section, select low-fat or fat-free cheeses or yogurt
Snack on unsalted almonds, walnuts and other nuts, dried fruit
You should eat one serving of grilled or baked fish at least twice a week.
Fruits and vegetables that are deeply colored throughout
Choose frozen or canned vegetables and fruits in water without added sugars, saturated and trans fat, or salt.
Stock up on raw vegetables for snacks such as carrot and celery sticks, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and cauliflower.
For desserts, buy fresh or canned fruits (in water without added sugars), dried fruit (without added sugars), and gelatin that contains fruit, instead of baked goods and sweets.
Sacramento & Company / News10