How to Add Color for Heart-Healthy Eating

Jan 1, 2022

Diet plays a significant role in preventing and managing heart disease. But sometimes, eating healthy foods can be a challenging feat. One way to get yourself and your loved ones to eat more greens and variety is to serve meals filled with color, texture and flavor. The American Heart Association recommends a combination of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins in your diet to prevent weight gain and achieve overall health. Be good to your heart and add color to your plate with these rainbow diet-inspired recipes.

Egg Muffin Cups with Turkey Sausage and Mushrooms

Yes, you can start the day the healthy way with a freshly baked muffin that won’t spike your sugar.

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White Bean Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Bell Pepper

Beat the afternoon slump with a serving of nutrient-packed avocado and crunchy cucumbers for lunch.

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Banana Bread Smoothie

Enjoy a deliciously frosty smoothie, whether for a snack or a meal.

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Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

Have a hearty bowl of chicken with a touch of Mexican flair. Eat more color with a layer of vegetables from the five main color groups!

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Blackberry Cobbler

Save some room for dessert with this all-time favorite tasty treat loaded with antioxidants.

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Remember, it's the choices we make every day that count. Start the day by making a plan to eat and drink for a healthy heart and weight. Try to engage in moderate physical activity for 30 minutes a day, five days a week and as a rule of thumb, use up at least as many calories as you take in.

Recipes and photos courtesy of American Heart Association.

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