Tessa’s Tips – Have a HEALTHY Heart
You’d think that your Mom and The American Heart Association got together and raided your vegetable drawer. It’s National Heart Month and here’s what they’re saying will help keep your ticker ticking for a long time to come:
- Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables—they’re packed with more nutrients when compared to their lighter colored compatriots. Spinach, deeply rich in color, is a perfect example. It’s packed with B vitamins and carotenoids, (just a fancy word for natural chemicals in vegetables that help keep your body strong) and iron – it wins hands down when compared to iceburg lettuce. Broccoli, red bell peppers, and tomatoes would be other examples of brightly colored vegetables that are good for you. Have you seen our Bangkok Curry? Full, full, full of vegetables.
- No matter what vegetables you decide – eat lots of ‘em. I’ve never met a vegetable that isn’t good for you: low in fiber and fat, high in nutrients. You can’t beat that any way you slice it. So whenever you can, put twice as many in a recipe or dish than the recipe calls for. And when eating out, order an extra serving. We LOVE customizing dishes at Noodles & Co—especially when it comes to giving you more vegetables (we like to make your Mom happy, too )
- Choose low fat protein sources—like lean meat, chicken and fish. Lean protein has less saturated fat (the bad kind for your heart). When at Noodles, try our grilled chicken breast or our shrimp for low fat options.
- And one of the most important things you can do is to stay away from trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated oils. These can really do a number on your heart and are found mostly in fried foods like french fries, doughnuts, and processed baked goods like cookies and crackers. Make sure to check the Nutrition Facts label and avoid foods that contain them.
- When you go out to eat, make sure to check online for their menu and nutrition information BEFORE going to a restaurant. People tend to choose healthier choices when they are not standing in line. Making informed decision is half the battle.
Take Mary Johnson, one of our fans in Indianapolis. She followed the advice above, started exercising, eating more vegetables (she’d eat our Very Berry Spinach Salad every week), customized her dishes, and used our nutrition info online. And guess what? She’s down FORTY lbs and FIVE dress sizes! (Congrats Mary!!).
Now that’s good for your heart!