Healthy Living: Love Yourself By Taking Care Of Your Body


February is American Heart Month and this month we want to encourage you to make healthier choices every day for you and your family, speak up against heart disease, and spread the word to others to join you in helping save lives! 

It's no secret that making a change in your eating habits & being physically active every day can improve the function of your heart, but did you know the American Heart Association has a way for you to identify "heart-healthy" foods? You can look for the American Heart Association’s heart-check mark on food packages in the grocery store to quickly and reliably find foods certified to meet the association’s standards for saturated fat and cholesterol. This is just one easy way to identify these "heart-healthy" foods, so look for these heart-check markers next time you are grocery shopping! 

Here are some other ways to show some love to your heart through eating

  • Choose low-fat protein sources
  • Reduce the sodium in your food
  • Plan ahead: Create daily menus
  • Allow yourself an occasional treat
  • Control your portion size
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits
  • Select whole grains
  • Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol

Try this "Heart-Healthy" Recipe!


Avocado and White Bean Dip

  • ½ of a 15.5 can no salt added navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ medium avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ¼ cup fat-free plain yougurt
  • 2 TBSP fat free milk
  • 1 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1 medium garlic clove, quartered
  • ½ TSP ground cumin
  • ¼ TSP salt
  • 1/8 TSP of cayenne
Avocado and White Bean Dip - The_Sage
Avocado and White Bean Dip - The_Sage

In a food processor or blender process all the ingredients until smooth, scraping the bowl frequently.


If you have a heart-healthy recipe to share, comment below!! 


Photo Source: The_Sage

Authored by: YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas