5 Heart Healthy Picks for American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month. Keep your body’s strongest muscle in shape with new ﬁtness and diet gear.
TOP (SHELF) CHEF
Fuel up with better-for-you recipes in The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan: 4 Weeks to Cut Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health (Rockridge Press) ($15, amazon.com) by low-cholesterol dieter and blogger Karen Swanson and registered dietitian Jennifer Koslo. Recipes to try include Honey Mustard Chicken and Banana-Oat Pancakes.
BONE TO PICK
Instead of your afternoon coffee, sip on new McCormick’s Kitchen Basics Turmeric & Ginger Chicken Bone Broth ($2.09, grocery stores), which is certified “heart-healthy” by the American Heart Association and can help reduce inflammation, a common problem for heart disease and stroke patients.
Upgrade your daily walk or at-home workout with slip-on ProForm Weighted Gloves ($10-$13, Bed Bath & Beyond), which help raise your heart rate and build metabolism-boosting muscle, all while keeping your hands free. Choose from 2-lb or 4-lb weights.
OUT-TO-EAT CHEAT SHEET
Don’t let dining out throw off heart-healthy diet goals. Use app HealthyOut (free, iOS, Android), which selects restaurant menu items that include your dietary restrictions. Choose the “Heart Healthy” nutrition tag for low-sodium (American Heart Association suggests 1,500 mg per day) veggie-packed options.
The five ceramic American Heart Stackable Measuring Bowls ($32, shopheart.org) help keep your servings of cereal or pasta in check, stylishly.
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