American Heart Month

Beans, Beans; They’re Good for Your Heart

How could I resist using that silly little ditty from our childhoods to begin a discussion of beans…and their influence on your heart health?

 

I can’t. My inner Henny Youngman just won’t let me…

 

As corny as that little song is, it rings of truth. Beans, eaten regularly are great for creating a healthy heart.  But don’t panic. You don’t need a hill of them to reap the benefits (I know; the hits just keep on coming…). According to The Journal of Nutrition, a mere half-cup of cooked beans daily can help reduce cholesterol.

 

It gets better.

 

Let Them Eat Kale

There are two types of people in the world…those who eat greens and those who should.

 

You can laugh, but it’s true.

 

In my book, leafy greens are the first line of defense when it comes to improving or maintaining your health and wellness. Leafy vegetables are brimming with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and plant-based compounds that help protect you from heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.

 

Shiitake Just Got Real!

 
If we think about mushrooms at all, we may consider them a tasty addition to a salad, stir fry or casserole. Ah, but they are so much more. 
 
There are about 38,000 species of mushrooms and most of them provide a wealth of protein (yes, you read right), fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, as well as calcium and other minerals. At least three species have also been shown to have phenomenal healing potential: maitake, shiitake, and reishi.

The Beat Goes On - American Heart Health Month

I hear it all the time. Thank goodness February is short. It’s the most unpopular month. It’s dark and cold, snowy and grey. There’s nothing special about this beleaguered month (except for this year because it's Leap Year).

Sure it’s cold and snowy in most places and by the end of the month, we are all longing for spring, but February has a cool factor as well.