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Heart Health Tips Sheet

Date: February 24, 2013

Frozen Foods & Heart Health

February marks Heart Health Awareness month; a month to remind us how important our heart health really is. Heart disease is the No. one cause of death in the U.S. and the biggest challenge is educating Americans on how to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. Below are a few tips from NFRA and the American Heart Association to help boost your heart health without sacrificing flavor or your budget.

Healthy Eating

  • Some of America’s favorite, most versatile foods are found in the frozen food aisle, with benefits ranging from flavorful and convenient to expertly-seasoned and professionally-portioned.
  • Include variety in your menu to achieve a healthy, well-balanced diet. A wide range of fruits, vegetables, breads, potato products, seafood, meats, snacks and desserts are available in the freezer aisle.
  • Fruits and vegetables can be great for your heart health as they help control weight and blood pressure – two risk factors for heart disease if they get too high. Frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient, a good value, taste delicious and are always in season.
  • You can snack healthy and enjoy it! Choose nutrient-rich foods that can be found in the freezer aisle. Frozen bananas and frozen grapes are just two examples of delicious snacks that leave you full and satisfied.
  • Adding fish to your diet is a great way to eat heart smart. Just two weekly servings of fatty fish, like salmon, can lower cholesterol by 20 percent.
  • You can still have dessert even if you’re trying to lower calories. Try a frozen fruit bar or one of the many low-calorie, low-sugar novelties. They’re scrumptious and won’t ruin your diet!

 

Cook It

  • Cook frozen vegetables properly to preserve nutritional value and bright color and crisp texture. Whether steamed, stir-fried or boiled, frozen vegetables should be cooked just until tender-crisp.
  • Microwave, steam or grill your frozen vegetables. These cooking tactics allow you to drain food of fat and don't need extra fat to cook in.
  • Add a nutritional punch to frozen pizza, pasta or casseroles by adding extra frozen vegetables, such as broccoli, to add a healthful boost!

 

About NFRA

NFRA is a non-profit trade association representing all segments of the frozen and refrigerated foods industry, including distributors, local associations, manufacturers, retailers/wholesalers and suppliers. Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, NFRA is the sponsor of March National Frozen Food Month, June Dairy Month, June/July Ice Cream & Novelties promotion and October Cool Food for Kids educational outreach program. NFRA provides consumer information such as food safety guidelines, meal preparation tips, recipes and sweepstakes opportunities at www.EasyHomeMeals.com.

 

More

For additional information on NFRA or to find recipes or tips, visit NFRAweb.org or EasyHomeMeals.com.