24 Feb Heart Superhero #1: Vegetables and Fruit
Heart Super Powers
Known for their fibre and antioxidant content, vegetables and fruit are a no-brainer when it comes to loving your heart. Naturally low in salt, and brimming with much-needed nutrients these heart heroes are the leader of the squad.
People who eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables have a 20 per cent lower risk of getting heart disease and stroke (1). That number jumps to 30 per cent for those who eat eight or more servings of vegetables and fruit.
And while all fruits and vegetables are good, the ones to emphasize are green leafy vegetables, cruciferous (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli) and citrus fruits.
An easy visual to get enough produce is to fill half your plate (or bowl!) full of veggies and fruit. Known for their fibre and antioxidant content, vegetables and fruit are a no-brainer when it comes to loving your heart. Naturally low in salt, and brimming with much-needed nutrients and plant antioxidants, these heart heroes are the leader of the squad.
[Disclosure: From time to time, I do work on behalf of the Half Your Plate campaign. I did not receive any compensation for this post.]
(Crest artwork by Jaqueline Schaller.)
Hero in Action
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with this veggie-packed 150 Power Bowl.
And, here are delicious vegetable recipes from some of my fave dietitians:
80 Delicious Ways to Eat More Vegetables — Patricia Chuey
Shredded Brussels sprouts – Dara & Erin from How to Eat
How to Make a Salad You’ll Actually Like – Nutrition by Nazima
Baked Cauliflower Bites – Laurie Barker Jackman
Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad — Vincci Tsui
And…don’t forget to enter the Heart Squad 7 contest (open to Canadian residents, except Quebec) – end on Feb 28, 2017.
What are your favourite vegetable recipes?