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Small changes to eating habits can lead to a healthier heart

There are many changes people can make to their eating to support heart health, according to the American Heart Association.

Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in addition to plenty of whole grains such as whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain pasta and popcorn. They are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, many of which are known for their antioxidant capabilities.

In addition, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, lean cuts of meat and poultry, fish and vegetarian sources of protein, including beans, peas and tofu, are supportive of heart health.

Looking for a place to begin?

Use creative ways to add in more vegetables that will work for even for the most reluctant eaters. Try adding fresh or frozen vegetables into your favorite pasta or Asian stir fry dish or top a pizza with extra mushrooms and spinach.

Keep sliced veggies and hummus in a visible location in the refrigerator or add them to a smoothie.

For certain vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts that can be bitter when steamed, try roasting for a sweeter flavor, which occurs with the caramelization process as the vegetables cook.

Source: University Health Center