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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 08, 2017
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February is National Heart Month and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care Center our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah want to encourage our patients to practice a healthy lifestyle. Your feet can play a large role in keeping you active, an important component of good heart health. Another avenue to improving your cardiovascular system (and the health of the rest of your body as well) is through a nutrient-rich diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables.

Learning about and remembering what nutrient comes from which fruit or vegetable is an overwhelming task. The American Heart Association has found a way to make it easy: eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables daily and you’ll get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need. If your plate is too brown or beige add some color. Here are some tips to help:

  • Add vegetables to some of your tried and true favorites: broccoli to mac and cheese, red peppers to rice.
  • Buy what’s in season. Take advantage of what’s growing now in your area. Buy in bulk and prepare and freeze favorite greens, vegetables and berries.
  • Make ‘em tasty. Instead of heavy sauces or sugar, try different ways of preparing fruits and vegetables that brings out their natural good flavors: grilling fruits unlocks their sweetness, roasting vegetables in high heat caramelizes them and takes away bitterness, a quick sauté leaves vegetables crisp and full of flavor.
  • Use canned or frozen when fresh is not practical. You can get the same nutrients but be sure to avoid unwanted extra calories and fat. Choose vegetables without sauces and added salt. Look for fruits packed in water or their own juice.
  • Sneak in the good stuff. Add shredded veggies to soup or a casserole, mashed banana to pancakes or muffins. Search cake recipes that have beets, zucchini or carrots as an ingredient.

Enlist your whole family to get on the colorful plate bandwagon and let children choose some of the vegetables and fruits for your menus.

A healthy heart is a goal all doctors share for their patients. To learn more about the healthy heart, healthy feet connection, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at: 732-662-3050.

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