We talked last week about using Heart Health Month as a starting point for a year-round heart-health plan. This week, we’ll turn the healthy eating and living spotlight on kids. Please take the opportunity to share these diet and exercise tips from the American Heart Association with the children or grandchildren in your life!
Here are some tips on how to make sure you are getting enough of the foods your body needs to do its job well:
Eat The Rainbow
A fun and tasty way to make sure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables is to eat as many different colors as you can at each meal. For example, some carrots, blueberries, and red bell peppers are all different colors and are all good for your body. If it’s all brown, put it down!
Lunch Line Switcheroo.
When you’re in the school lunch line, try to choose fruits and vegetables instead of French fries or chips. And ask for grilled meat instead of fried. For your drink, grab some water or fat-free milk instead of soda or juice.
When Snacks Attack!
We know you’re hungry after a long day at school, but before you reach for that bag of chips, grab a piece of fruit or veggie sticks. And instead of cookies or cake, snack on a sugar free ice pop or unsweetened, fat-free yogurt. Another great snack for kids are Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares: the perfect sized treat for between meals!
5 Ways That Play Can Change Your Day
It doesn’t matter how you move, as long as you’re physically active. Move until you breathe hard or break a sweat and you will be doing great things for your body and physical health.
Here are five changes you may start noticing today:
Being physically active will help you improve your sleep. By being physically active during the day your body will send an “I am tired” message to your body instead of the “I am still awake” message when it’s time for bed.
Improve your mood.
Physical activity can give you a better attitude and give you an extra energy boost during the day. Exercise releases chemicals in your body that will give you an energy boost that lasts all day. So cut the calories of those energy drinks and get your body moving!
Fuel your brain.
Twenty minutes of physical activity before starting your homework can help you unwind from the day and improve your concentration. You can also keep a basketball or jump rope by your desk for a quick break to regain focus.
Bond with buddies.
Engaging in physical activity with your friends is a great way to bond with your friends and to even make new ones. Not only will your exercise be more fun, but your friends will be counting on you to show up.
Stretch your talent.
Most sports injuries can be prevented by maintaining flexibility, so make stretching part of your pre- and post-workout sessions. It can help improve your balance, which in turn enhances your coordination and athletic performance.
But what would be an even better thing is if EVERY month were Heart Month, and we want to help you convert this month’s heart-health headlines into your year-round diary. So, sharpen your pencils and open your notebooks! It’s time to take some notes!
For starters, spend some time this month evaluating the heart healthiness of your grocery shopping list. Your daily/weekly/monthly trips to the market are your best opportunities to ensure that only healthy foods find their way into your home.
Here’s an excellent suggested heart-healthy menu. Just click on the “Shopping Suggestions” tab!
Now take an honest look at your daily eating habits and preferences. There’s no sense in buying food you know you’re not going to want to eat, day in and day out. Remember, this is a year-round strategy; if you know you can’t sustain a total kale-and-egg-whites diet, don’t kid yourself that you can!
Next, take a look at your daily/weekly/monthly schedule. When do you eat your meals? When are you most likely to eat out or skip a meal? Are you travelling this month? Identifying when you’ll be out of your “comfort zone” will help you plan your meals and menu accordingly.
For your last assignment, tally up how often you fall off the diet wagon, or skip going to the gym, or stretch happy hour into the wee hours. Is it not a pretty sight? That’s okay. We are NOT here to judge! Simply take a deep breath and re-commit next month to reducing that count by just a little. Even one less “cheat day” per month will produce positive results by the end of the year.
There are surely many other ways to make the most of American Heart Month. But hopefully, these few tips will help make this month the first month of your Heart Year.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s go over a few things you can do with your beloved that are both heart-shaped and heart-healthy! Okay, perhaps these tips won’t literally be heart shaped, but they’ll certainly help keep you in good shape, both romantically and physically!
By the way, it’s possible, with the right kitchen gadgetry, to craft a Corazonas Oatmeal Square into a Corazonas Oatmeal Heart!
- Don’t just pledge your heart; pledge your heart health, by promising to take care of yourself through a proper diet and exercise.
- Want to send her something sweet? How about a basket of delicious fruit? Kiwis, guavas, blueberries, and many other fruits are packed with natural sugars AND healthy nutrients.
- Want to show him you really know the way to his heart? (Which, we all know is through his stomach!) Skip the crowds and expense – and unhealthy temptations – of a Valentine’s Day dinner out and make him a heart-healthy meal at home.
- If you do eat out, plan to take a walk afterwards. Better yet, take your date dancing! Even moderate exercise, such as walking or dancing…or kissing…or, well, you know…has immediate healthful effects on the body!
- Also, if you eat out, remember that sharing is caring! We’re not suggesting you share a plate of spaghetti a la The Lady and the Tramp, but you can definitely meet each other halfway, diet-wise, and split one of your favorite “naughty” delights!
- Finally, use this special day to tell your loved one that you will do anything and everything under the sun to help him or her achieve the lifestyle – and the life – that they desire.
Yes, we talk a lot about taking charge of our own choices. And doing so is both important and necessary. But isn’t it easier – and nicer – to know somebody has your back?
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year and a chance to see friends and family over a delicious meal. And with it usually comes some decadent food! So here are some food choices and a few tips to help you maintain your heart healthy diets during the holidays and still have a great time.
First, remember that half your meal should be fruits and veggies. The other half should be healthy protein and whole grains, you’ll keep yourself on your diet.
Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and beta carotene which is then converted into Vitamin A to help support a healthy immune system and promote bone growth.
Brussel sprouts are a delicious multilayered, cruciferous. Low in calories and high in dietary fiber, they’re also rich in Vitamin C and folic acid.
Apples help prevent LDL from causing buildup of plaque in the arteries because of their fiber content. But be sure to eat the skin!
Nuts of all kinds as long as they are unsalted and roasted are great as appetizers and gifts during the holidays. Just remember they are high in calories, so limit your consumption.
Fish, especially salmon, makes a great holiday meal and is ideal for maintaining your heart healthy diet. Additional varieties to include are mackerel, tuna and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are some other ideas:
- Winter squash makes a fantastic “Power Veggie.”
- Roasted fall vegetables like brussels sprouts, carrots or turnips make a Thanksgiving table more festive.
- Baked or roasted fall fruits like apples, pears, apricots, peaches or plums are perfect for staying on your diet.
- Make it an occasional serving of lean red meat like pork or beef tenderloin, but limit this to a few times per month.
- Substitute holiday cookies for Corazonas heart-healthy snacks, which have whole grains like oatmeal, dried fruits and nuts as prime ingredients.
- Bake with heart-healthy fats like canola oil rather than butter.
Have a Happy and Heart Healthy Holiday Season from everyone at Corazonas!
Our company was created by people who lost friends and relatives to heart disease. We were founded to help people overcome these challenges. We’re also committed to helping raise awareness about cholesterol and health disease prevention in the broader community.
That’s why we’re pleased to begin sponsoring the American Heart Association’s Los Angeles area Heart and Stroke Walk events.
Everyone at Corazonas has long been impressed by the AHA’s work to raise awareness and much-needed funds to save lives. And so, our support through sponsorship is not only an important commitment to being heart healthy, it’s giving back to an organization that really understands the issue and has done so much amazing work to improve people’s lives.
We’ll be there to educate thousands of local residents about the benefits of plant sterols in a heart healthy lifestyle.
We’d like to encourage all of our friends to find an AHA Heart & Stroke Walk in your area. Support their work. Build a team of your own friends and family, and participate in the walk. Commit your time and resources to help. Together, we can empower people to live longer, stronger, heart healthy lives.
To find a walk in your area, visit our friends at the American Heart Association here. If you live in Southern California, come on out and join us at the next walk!
We’ve made it our mission to create great tasting, heart healthy snack foods because we saw the need up close and personal with our own loved ones. That’s what makes this commitment truly one from the heart.
So how can you live a heart healthy lifestyle?
1) Quit smoking. Obviously, the very first step you should take, and we can’t over-emphasize it enough, is to stop smoking. If you are a lifetime smoker, it can be difficult to quit, so see your doctor and ask about using a smoking cessation aid.
2) Get moving. Most people intuitively know that exercise goes with a heart healthy lifestyle, but what should you use to measure that by? Our friends at the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend you get at least 150 minutes per week of exercise. That’s an average of 20-25 minutes a day. Walking, playing sports, biking, kayaking, swimming and other physical activities are ideal.
3) Eat right. A heart healthy lifestyle also includes a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes or seeds. Eat at least two servings of fish per week. Limit sodium, saturated fats and processed meats too. Luckily, our Oatmeal Squares and Tortilla Chips fit right in to this recommendation. Did you know our Oatmeal Squares are naturally low in sodium and have no saturated fats?
4) Maintain your weight. Following steps 1 – 3 will make this one much easier. Stick to the weight your doctor advises and avoid risky diets.
5) Manage stress. This may be the most challenging item on the list, because in this “connected” life we live, it can be difficult to unplug from work and other responsibilities. Make time to relax and recharge everyday. Find hobbies that are fun and take your mind of daily stressors.
6) Doctor up. See your doctor regularly to make sure that your blood pressure and cholesterol are under control and that you’re not at risk for diabetes and other diseases.
We wish you good luck and good heart health! To learn more about maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle, visit our heart healthy toolkit!
Just have your cholesterol tested before and after any 28-day period – perfect for Cholesterol Awareness Month – and eat Corazonas Chips and Oatmeal Squares daily. We’ll send you tips every day to encourage your progress and help you get started and sustain a low-cholesterol diet and exercise program that you can make last a lifetime.
We’re so sure our heart healthy snacks will help lower your cholesterol, we’ll refund the price of your Corazonas snacks if it doesn’t. It doesn’t get easier than that.
September is the perfect time to get your friends and family started as well! Did you know that more than 102 million American adults have high cholesterol levels of 200? And more than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease.
Check out our 28-Day Quick Start Program and share with your friends and family to make sure everyone knows there’s a delicious way to lower your cholesterol. This is the time when awareness will be high and the motivation to make a change will help everyone be successful.
Many local pharmacies will offer free cholesterol testing during the month of September too, so be sure to check with your pharmacist. Getting tested is easy and fast, too. And there are many home testing kits available as well.
Admit it. You love eggs. We do too… But, like most people we assumed that the cholesterol in eggs was really bad for heart health. So, eggs were off the menu.
It turns out that eggs may have gotten an undeserved bad reputation.
Recent studies at Harvard’s School of Public Health followed 117,000 nurses for 8 – 14 years and showed no difference in heart disease risk between those who ate one egg a week and those who ate more than one egg a day.
Other studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not negatively affect your lipid levels.
Regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, which can lead to a stroke. In another study, women lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44 percent when they consumed at least six eggs per week.
And even the USDA is reconsidering the egg. They recently reviewed the nutrient composition of standard large eggs. The average amount of cholesterol in one large egg was found to be 185 mg, which is 14% lower than previously reported.
So, can we consider the much-maligned egg “heart healthy?” Like most foods, moderation is key.
An egg contains only 70 calories, but it can provide 10 percent of a person’s daily recommended protein, iron, minerals and B vitamins. One egg contains 6 grams of protein and all 9 essential amino acids. And an egg contains only 1.5 grams of saturated fat. They are also one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
Nutritionists have determined that consumption of an excess amount of fat is more damaging to heart health than eating one or two eggs a day. Studies show that people who eat eggs tend to have better diets, because they eat breakfast. (See our previous post about breakfast.)
So watch what goes along with the eggs on your plate. Bacon, ham, butter, cheese… these are all staples of breakfasts that are high in saturated fat. And it’s saturated fat, not dietary cholesterol, that influences blood cholesterol levels the most.
We’re going to try a couple of scrambled eggs with a Blueberry Corazonas Oatmeal Square and some fruit this weekend. Sounds like breakfast nirvana…
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We recently found a new study from Harvard University that examined the records of almost 27,000 men. These men were healthcare professionals between the ages of 45 and 82. The team at Harvard looked at health outcomes and associations with lifestyles over a period of 16 years and found that men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease.
Even accounting for other risk factors, such as smoking, body mass and exercise habits, eating breakfast within one hour of waking had a major, positive effect on heart health.
Why is this?
According to study author Leah Cahill, “breaking fast” maintains the appropriate levels of cholesterol and insulin while ensuring normal blood pressure. This “resetting” of the metabolism, it turns out, is vital to long-term heart health.
The study confirmed what mothers and nutritionists have been saying for years, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that skipping your early meal prolongs a state of fasting that is harmful to heart health.
So eat a Corazonas Oatmeal Square in the morning. Combining one of our delicious bars with heart healthy foods like yogurt, fruits or juice is the perfect way to start your day. And they’re so convenient, it’s a simple addition to your diet…