written by Dana Herron
February is, as you may have heard, American Heart Month. In honor of this growing and important awareness month, we've asked Dr. Forrest Smith MD to outline the heart, it's factors, and how to prevent negative outcomes at home.
The ice is melting, and we have all run out of wine! On your next trip to the grocery store, keep in mind that while it is not recommended to take up drinking, if you already do, red wine can possibly have heart healthy benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine, in moderation, contains antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.
You may be searching your cupboards trying to piece together dinner tonight (if you are like us). Do you have some spare vegetables, chicken breast and flour? This list of ingredients is long, but maybe you can mix-and-match your pantry to create a heart healthy version of the American Heart Association's Chicken Pot Pie:
Our friends at the American Heart Association have some helpful tips for eating out at your favorite restaurant, while staying heart healthy. We are going to offer several easy recipes for you this month if you like to cook, but everyone likes to eat out. Many restaurants offer special heart healthy menus and you can make most dining experiences heart healthy with a few tips.
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