Heart disease is the nation’s top killer, and a healthy lifestyle is the best way to guard yourself. A heart-healthy diet typically focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, pulses (the phrase for legumes, beans, and peas), and less fatty protein sources, such as seafood and skinless poultry. Additionally, it includes low-fat dairy foods. At the same time, a heart-healthy diet is lower in:
- Saturated fat from red meat, whole milk dairy foods, and certain tropical fats;
- Sodium, most of which is found in heavily processed foods;
- Added sugars from sodas, desserts, and lesser-known sources, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, and condiments;
- Refined grains such as white bread and white rice.
The type of fat you eat also matters. Most of the fat in your diet should come from plant-based, non-tropical oils, nuts, seeds, and oily seafood (like salmon).
Enjoying the cuisines and flavors you love while staying within these heart-healthy parameters is easy when choosing our heart health bundle. Of the 12 dishes in the bundle, red meat is only contained in one of them, which reflects the fact that you can choose red meat, but it’s eaten less often on a heart-healthy plan.
Importantly, the saturated fat in this bundle ranges from 0.5 grams to 6 grams (in the Braised Beef and Vegetables). This is in keeping with the American Heart Association’s recommendation to limit saturated fat to no more than 6 percent of total calories. So, for context, if you’re eating a 2,000 calorie diet, that would translate to a total of 13 grams of saturated fat per day.
Each of the meals in this bundle has no more than 590 mg of sodium, and some have much less. For those living with heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, though they recommend many adults, including those living with high blood pressure, have no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. The majority of sodium in our diets comes from heavily processed foods and restaurant fare. So, choosing this bundle means you can have the convenience of a ready-to-heat meal without worrying about what’s in it.
All of our food is cooked in avocado oil, which is notable because it’s a good source of monounsaturated fat. Additionally, each meal includes a hearty serving of vegetables, so you’re sure to get vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
If you’re following a heart-healthy diet, eating out can be challenging. We suggest eating in with one of the flavorful meals in this bundle!
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