Did you know that heart disease is the #1 health threat we face? Even greater than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. It’s true! BUT – controlling your heart health is easy through a good diet. The decisions we make when it comes to food and drink play a major role in how we feel. Doctors and nutrition professionals recommend getting your daily dose of these and other important vitamins and nutrients through natural, healthy food sources. So let’s take a look at a few simple ways to improve and maintain heart health through your diet.
A diet rich in omega-3s and vitamin B12 can help to keep your heart healthy and also protect against stroke and heart disease. February is American Heart Health Month and your friends at Eggland’s Best want to make sure you’re packing all of the necessary nutrients into your diet without sacrificing taste! With double the omega-3s and 3x more vitamin B12 compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs are a delicious and nutritious way to naturally get the vitamins you need to promote heart health.
5 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-in. cubes (about 6 cups)
2 large onions, chopped (about 4 cups)
1 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 Eggland’s Best eggs (large)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat plain yogurt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 packages (8 ounces each) feta cheese, cubed
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat.
Add half of the zucchini, half of the onions and 1/2 teaspoon oregano; cook and stir 8-10 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Remove from pan.
Repeat with remaining vegetables and stir in salt and pepper. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs and baking powder until blended; whisk in yogurt and flour just until blended.
Stir in cheese, parsley and zucchini mixture.
Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes to set before cutting.
By choosing Eggland’s Best eggs, you get 25% less saturated fat, 5X more vitamin D, and 10X more vitamin E compared to ordinary eggs. And - independent testing has confirmed that Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs due to a wholesome, all-vegetarian hen feed – a fresh egg equals a fresh recipe! Just look for the distinctive EB stamp right on the shell.
Another tip for better heart health is to load up on fruits and veggies! They’re a great source of vitamins and minerals, plus they’re low in calories and high in fiber which is a great combo for a healthier heart!
One of the ways I make sure my family and I are eating lots of the good stuff is to simply keep a big ole bowl or basket of it front and center in the kitchen. If it’s in plain sight - you’ll remember to choose fruits and veggies more often. Plus my little ones love to pick their favorites at meal time.
And the third idea - control your portions. Have you ever found yourself saying, “Whew! My eyes were bigger than my stomach!”? How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Here’s a trick to keep you from overloading your plate. Choose smaller serving dishes. We tend to subconsciously feel the need to fill our plates and bowls with food. So, a smaller plate equals less food! This can keep your waistline, and your heart, in better shape.
And those are 3 simple ways to eat your way to better heart health - without sacrificing taste!