Heart Health
plate with soup and sandwich, two items high in sodium

Lower Sodium Swaps for the Salty 6

There is a reason unhealthy food tastes good. These foods are often high in sodium – whether you realize it or not. The American Heart Association identifies six popular foods that are known for being very high in sodium and are very common in the typical American diet. They’ve dubbed …

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Making Healthy Changes
How to Start a Heart Smart Diet

How to Get Started on a Heart Smart Diet

Who says a healthy diet should be boring or leave you feeling unsatisfied? If you think a eating healthy translates to a little more than ho-hum salad greens or bland food, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, learning how to take the first steps to eating better might be …

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Heart-Healthy Treats
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe & Video

VIDEO: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe

If you are one of those people who rejoice when all the pumpkin-flavored products take over the coffee shop and grocery store shelves each fall, this brownie recipe is definitely for you. We tricked out this beloved chocolate treat with a creamy swirl of spicy, vitamin-rich pumpkin. Not only do …

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Healthy Recipes
Easy Heart Smart Guacamole Recipe

Easy Heart Smart® Guacamole Recipe

Trying to eat a heart-healthy diet can be tricky at times. Decades ago, people thought they needed to avoid all fat in their diets, but we now know through research and nutrition science that there is a big difference between healthy fats (those found in olive and canola oil, avocados, …

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Heart Smart® Recipes
mason jar salad

How to Build the Best Mason Jar Salad

For years, Mason jars have been an easy go-to for DIY crafts or for canning or preserving fruits and veggies. Lately, they serve as the trendy receptacles for easy, healthy meals that can be made ahead and saved for the later in the week, like overnight oats for an on-the-go …

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Heart Smart® Recipes
overnight oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Looking for a healthy breakfast option that you can grab on-the-go? Try this recipe for overnight oatmeal provided by Darlene Zimmerman, a registered dietitian with the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. Made in a Mason jar, these oats become soft overnight with the help of milk and Greek yogurt …

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Heart Health

6 Surefire Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you probably already know you have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Fortunately, blood pressure levels aren’t set in stone, even if you’re genetically predisposed (meaning hypertension, or elevated blood pressure, runs in your family). In fact, blood pressure is one heart …

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Heart Healthy Celebrations

Romance on the Menu: 9 Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Meals

Whether you’re happily single or conveniently coupled, Valentine’s Day is often linked with indulgences (think fried appetizers, buttery entrees and rich desserts). But it may turn out that the best aphrodisiacs, at least in the dining department, are foods that are good for your heart. After all, if you’re in …

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Healthy Celebrations
super bowl recipe

Heart Smart Game-Day Recipes

Super Bowl Sunday is an American tradition centered on football, a star-studded halftime show, outrageous commercials, and of course, delicious game-day snacks. In fact, during the Super Bowl, most partygoers consume more than their recommended daily calorie intake in just one sitting. However, you can still indulge with healthier, homemade …

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Heart Smart® Recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Schedules

For many of us, the holidays are joyous yet chaotic – swamped with work projects, shopping for gifts, cramming for final exams, busy with events, or getting the house together for family functions all add additional stress during the busiest time of the year. Spending your day holiday shopping can …

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