This post was sponsored by Boston Scientific as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Easy Heart Healthy Cooking Tips: an easy to follow cooking tips for cooking delicious and light heart-healthy food for the entire family.
These tips also include everyday heart-healthy ingredient swaps that can be easily adjusted as per your need and Cooking Cardiologist recipe video.
It was a 2:00 am drive to the emergency that changed our lived forever…..tensions were at peak and our heart was pounding louder for everyone to listen as we pushed my mom within the emergency room. Thankfully, due to correct-timely diagnosis and treatment, we came back home happy and smiling 🙂
Hello Everyone, instead of sharing some easy healthy recipe today, I actually wanted to share the reason, why we started ‘Healthy-Lighter Family Fav Recipe’ blog…. It was the fact that Mom was suffering from ‘Coronary Artery Disease’ also known as CAD. After being diagnosed, we not only changed our eating habit but also our entire lifestyle.
CAD occurs when blood vessels of the heart become narrow, making it difficult for blood to flow to the heart or blockage of one or more arteries that supply blood to the heart. Apart from it being the most common type of heart disease, it’s also the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women.
Before, we go ahead here are some of the common symptoms that people with CAD may experience:
- Shortness of Breath
- Even Nothing at All.
- They also may be at risk for a heart attack. [ii]
While people should absolutely take steps to prevent CAD, the primary goal is to clear arteries that have become “clogged” in order to restore blood flow to the heart. So in our quest to learn more about CAD, we came across this video from ‘Cooking Cardiologist‘ (below), which details about CAD and healthy recipe.
Now that you know what CAD is, here are important tips to manage CAD with a mixture of lifestyle changes and treatment options, with medications often being chosen as the first line of treatment. However:
- In some cases, surgery may be needed. But there are other options too; including percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a minimally invasive procedure that is used to manage CAD.
- Everyone – regardless of their health – should enjoy their food and lifestyle while being mindful of their wellness. By making heart-healthy ingredient swaps, you can make a popular dish better for your heart.
- Some heart-healthy swaps and recipes may not be right for everyone. You may want to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. You should follow your doctor’s guidelines or dietary restrictions for heart disease.
- To learn more about CAD and healthy cooking options, visit HeartHealthyBeats.com, a resource developed by Boston Scientific.
(Disclaimer: Some heart-healthy swaps and recipes may not be right for everyone. You may want to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. You should follow your doctor’s guidelines or dietary restrictions for heart disease.)
Apart from all these tips, here’s what you can do to make the everyday healthy change in your cooking habits or as we call it ‘Easy Heart Healthy Cooking Tips’:
1- Eat Healthy Regular Meals: don’t skip meals, nor eat less or more than needed as per one’s prescribed diet.
2- Swap heavy/oily/extremely sugary ingredients with these heart-healthy swaps:
- Try plant-based recipes using plant proteins rather than meats.
- Replace cow’s milk with soy, almond, rice or oat milk.
- Think whole grains rather than refined grains.
- Instead of reaching for the salt, load up on fresh herbs and spices to give your meals a little extra kick of flavor.
- When in need of sweetener, use a natural sugar substitute such as maple syrup, honey or stevia.
- Use avocado as a healthy fat.
3- Use proper utensils: don’t use too old or extremely scrubbed pots/pans as they may leave chemical / metallic residue.
4- Eat more Vegetables + Fruits: They are filled with heart-healthy nutrients that not only keeps us full but provides the much-needed minerals+vitamins.
5- Eat the Rainbow: Eat colorful veggies+fruits to fill up the body with needed antioxidants to fight free-radicals.
6- A little Healthy Dessert goes a Long Way: this is our favorite tip as who doesn’t love dessert and that doesn’t mean that it has to be extremely heavy or over-the-top.
Make light changes – use yogurt instead of creams and fresh fruits and even dark chocolate.
So as we wrap up, watch this video from Cooking Cardiologist for a delicious recipe and CAD tips. As I did mention in the beginning, we got the right treatment on time hence everything turned out to be all right.
So always keep an eye on any CAD symptoms mentioned above and be thorough in your Doctor’s appointment as ‘Prevention is the Key’.
(Disclaimer Before Following Any Tips: Some heart-healthy swaps and recipes may not be right for everyone. You may want to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. You should follow your doctor’s guidelines or dietary restrictions for heart disease.)
Follow these easy steps and remember to follow these steps:
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