3 Heart Healthy Food Substitutions for a Better Diet

Eat right for your heart with these easy diet changes.

Eating healthy is one of the most effective methods of heart health, but it can also be a little daunting. Reshaping nutrition habits may seem like a huge task to undertake, but many people will find that a few food substitutions can get them on the right track without breaking a sweat. Here are our top three suggestions for quick and effective heart-healthy diet changes.

#1 – Whole Grains

A diet high in fiber could reduce your risk for heart disease. How do you achieve this? Toss out any white flours, white breads, white rice, and refined sugar in your kitchen. Replace it with hearty grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread.

#2 – Low-Fat Dairy

Your typical milks and cheeses are full of cholesterol and fat that may harm your heart – but you don't have to give up dairy altogether. Look for reduced fat options at the grocery store while shopping for milk, yogurt, cheese, or sour cream. You can also find dairy-free alternatives that use soy, almonds, or rice instead of milk.

#3 – Baked or Grilled Foods

Greasy, fried foods are not helpful for your heart. Even restaurants known for their fried chicken and French fries often have grilled options on the menu, along with sides of vegetables. Baked chicken is also a healthy alternative to the deep fryer.

If you've gone through a cardiac event, rehabilitation can help you get back on your feet and eating healthy for your heart. Learn more about the care and education you'll receive from the Medical Center of Lewisville at our website, or give us a call at 972-420-1526.

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