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…
And if we win, everyone wins!
All Corazonas fans on our social media and mailing lists will receive something special for putting us over the top.
Please vote for Corazonas by clicking here.
1) Click the green banner that says “Eat. Love. Share.” when you land on the QVC page.
2) Scroll down to find Corazonas is under the “Best Healthy Food” section.
3) When you’ve clicked the box, scroll to the bottom and click “Finish Survey.”
Thanks as always for your support, and remember, if we win, every one of our fans wins too!
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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…
It’s true! Not only are Corazonas Oatmeal Squares delicious and heart healthy, but they’re a heck of a lot more convenient than dragging a bushel of tomatoes with you everywhere.
It’s a good thing too. As you can see, it’s not all that easy or pleasant to take the “61 tomato route.”
We’re honored to be nominated for QVC’s Customer Choice Food Awards. Please vote for Corazonas by clicking this link and then clicking the green banner when you land on the QVC page. Corazonas is under the “Healthy Snacks” section. (Vote early and often!)
And watch for our next appearance on In the Kitchen with David to save big on Corazonas! Wednesday at 8pm ET/5pm PT!
Significant lifestyle changes such as going to college, starting your first job, or having your first child can affect your diet in ways that aren’t necessarily good for your health.
And while you may not think you need to be concerned about high cholesterol yet, it’s never a bad idea to start a heart healthy diet, at any age.
Start simple by making sure you are eating breakfast every morning, consuming enough protein and fiber, as well as staying away from the bad stuff such as trans fat.
If you frequently skip breakfast, this is one practice we highly recommend you change. Not only are you robbing your body of the nutrients it needs to power you through the day, eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and actually helps you burn fat and calories all day long. You’re also more prone to a crash mid-morning if you don’t get enough nutrition to start the day. This can lead to a desire to consume just about anything, no matter how unhealthy!
Consuming enough protein as a young adult is crucial for the development and maintenance of muscles, as well as the appearance of your hair, nails, and skin. These body proteins are constantly breaking down and in need or replacement. And because proteins are the basic building component of every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies, we need protein to restore them.
Most people do not consume the daily-recommended amount of dietary fiber. Bread, pizza crust and other foods made with refined flour tend to be a staple in young people’s diets. These do not provide the fiber you need. Eat more beans, peas and other vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other foods with naturally occurring fiber. And not only is fiber good for you, but it also helps to keep you fuller, longer! This is especially important for young adults who are always on the go.
While people are more aware of the negative effects that trans fat can have on health and wellness, it’s estimated that Americans consume 1.3 grams of trans fat per day. Fried foods, frozen pizzas, cake, cookies, pie, margarines and spreads are generally all high in trans fat and can vary among similar food categories. Opt for a heart healthy snack every time!
But There’s Good News!
Corazonas Heart Healthy Snacks support a healthy lifestyle with 6g of protein, 5g of fiber, and 0g of trans fat. And our Tortilla Chips are better nutritionally than any tortilla chip you’ll find out there.
Our bars are filling enough to eat for breakfast, and portable enough to take with you anywhere.
Our chips are great with lunch, guacamole and salsa, on a salad, or any other meal with a Mexican flair.
Even though you may not be concerned about your cholesterol, there are still major benefits to incorporating Corazonas Heart Healthy Snacks into your diet. They are a healthy, yet satisfying treat anytime you need a pick-me-up!