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7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

by Tracy Rohland

Celebrate American Heart Month and start your journey toward a healthier heart with these seven simple tips...

  1. Go Vegetarian. Adopting a plant-based diet can have a huge effect on the health of your heart. Because a vegetarian diet is typically lower in cholesterol, excess protein and saturated fat, and higher in fiber, it is a natural component of a healthy heart. Read this month’s Feature Article for further information about the correlation between meat-eating and heart disease.

Healthy Lunches for Busy Families

by Manjari Fergusson

With today’s busy schedules, it can be challenging to eat healthy meals at work or while on-the-go. Too often we find ourselves grabbing convenience foods which may not be the healthiest option. However, you can enjoy healthy snacks and lunches with just a little pre-planning and preparation. Below are some ideas you can incorporate to make it just a little bit easier to eat healthy during the busy work week.

  1. Hummus-Veggie Wrap

Eight Foods for your Heart

by Manjari Fergusson

Along with eating a plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant-proteins (like legumes, tofu, nuts and seeds) instead of meat-proteins, and along with consuming healthy fats, here is a list of foods that studies have specifically shown may help protect against heart disease.

Help Prevent Obesity with Positive Changes

by Tandis Bishop

With a brand new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce healthy, positive changes into your life and help reduce your risk for obesity.

Eating plant-based foods as often as possible is one of the best things you can do, not only to help prevent obesity, but also for your health and well-being in general. Here are some helpful guidelines to assist you in creating well-balanced, plant-based meals.

In a typical day, try having:

  • 5 to 6 ounces of whole grains
  • 2½ to 3 cups vegetables
  • 2 cups fruits - fresh is best

Tasty, Tempting, and Totally Healthy

by Manjari Fergusson

It’s a common misconception you’ve probably heard: vegetarian food is not tasty, and living a plant-based lifestyle must mean sacrificing flavor for health.

In fact, any diet can be boring if you eat the same thing all the time or don’t experiment; by living a more veggie lifestyle, your diet can potentially be more interesting and rich, as plant-based foods are naturally packed with flavor. So who says that vegetarian cooking can’t taste great?

Become A GMO-Conscious Shopper

by Manjari Fergusson

With the risks of eating genetically modified food so uncertain, many Americans wisely try to avoid consuming GMOs as much as possible.

Unfortunately, genetically modified food is not required to be labeled. Therefore, it can be hard to know if what you buy is genetically modified or not.

Luckily, there are ways to avoid GMOs. The following is a guide on how to be a smart, GMO-aware shopper.

  1. Buy Organic. Foods with the Organic seal certify that GMOs were not used in production.

Healthy School Snack & Lunch Ideas

by Manjari Fergusson

It’s back to school time again! Packing lunches and snacks for your kids can be a chore, but it’s the best way to ensure that what they’re eating is the healthiest and most satisfying. Plus, with proper budgeting, it saves money and your child doesn’t have to buy snacks and lunch every day.

School lunches typically involve meat and refined flour, saturated fats and sugar. Sending your kids to school with a healthy meal will help them have the energy and ability to concentrate in class as well as reduce their risk of becoming overweight.


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