• February is Heart Health Month !

    Posted on February 20, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    February is Heart Health Month and who would think snacking would actually benefit your heart?

    Planned snacking through out the day is actually a great way to increase your fiber intake which is great for lowering cholesterol levels and managing weight! Snacking is also a great opportunity to increase your calcium and antioxidant intake. Who thought snacking could be so good!

    Here are some of my favorites:

    Trader Joes Fiberful Granola Bars– these handy snacks are really fiber- full- 9 grams of heart healthy fiber per serving and so delicious!

    Edamame- microwaved, steamed or roasted, this snack is a nutritional powerhouse! A half cup serving has approximately 120 calories,  9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of soy protein. Soy is shown to lower cholesterol.

    Wheat Thins Fiber Selects crackers- 5 grams of fiber per serving- an easy way to increase your fiber intake with just a handful ! Also relatively low in sodium with only 240 mg per serving.

    Laughing Cow mini baby bells light- these handy cheese snacks are low in calories and fat, yet high in protein and calcium.

    Frozen grapes– these are delicious !  Just put some in a baggie and keep them in your freezer for a refreshing portion controlled snack. Grapes have antioxididants which reduce inflammation, an important marker of cardiovascular disease. Helps to lower blood pressure too !