Happy Heart Month !!

February 02, 2018

Happy Heart Month !!

Fat is becoming increasingly more accepted in today’s society. Long ago did people flock to purchase “low fat” or “fat free” products, but now we realize those identifiers really just mean “added sugar”. As a society, we have a better understanding of the importance of heart healthy fat and the dangers of added sugar when it comes to health, longevity, and performance.

 

What are Heart Healthy Fats?

Unsaturated (mono/poly) fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids contribute to heart and brain health (think ALA, EPA, DHA). Some examples of foods rich in omega-3 are fish, nuts (any and all!), seeds (pumpkin, flax, chia, sunflower, etc.), avocado, and olives.

 

Heart Harmful Fats – Danger! Avoid!

Trans-fat (aka hydrogenated oils) are extremely harmful to our hearts and bodies. The American Heart Association recommends consumers avoid any food that contains trans-fat. Product manufacturers can be deceiving and are actually able to round down so that the nutrient facts label can read “zero grams” when there is actually trans-fat in the product. The best way to decode the label is by looking at the ingredients statement. Avoid any product containing “partially hydrogenated oils”.

 

Move Your Body!

The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes 5 days/wk of moderate exercise and 15 minutes 5 days per week of intense exercise. The goal is to prevent boredom, move your body, and HAVE FUN!

 

Make Your Own:

Sriracha Chickpeas

½ cup provides 7g fat, 12g protein, 44g carb, 12g fiber

 

Heart Healthy Fat helps Reduce Inflammation

Protein Increases Satiety and Keeps Appetite Under Control

Carbohydrate Provides Energy and Fuel for Muscles

Fiber Prevents Spikes in Blood Sugar for Sustained Energy

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Rinse and blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them.
  • In a bowl, toss chickpeas with olive oil and sriracha. Season to taste with salt.

Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, until brown and crunchy. Enjoy!