Published on April 06, 2015

Shop to your heart’s content

Looking to improve your heart health?

Here are some ideas to rethink your grocery list.

fruit basket

Fruits and veggies—your fiber-filled friends. Eat a variety of these nutrient-packed powerhouses. Fresh, frozen or canned varieties are great. Just look for options that are labeled “low-sodium” or “no salt added.” And choose canned fruit that is stored in 100 percent fruit juice—not in syrup.

Milk and dairy—the bone builders. Get your calcium here. Choose fat-free or low-fat versions of milk, yogurt and cheese.

Meat, beans, eggs and nuts—for a punch of protein. Look for cuts of meat labeled “round,” “loin” or “extra lean.” Beans, lentils and peas are good sources of protein too—and they’re naturally low-fat and high-fiber.

Bread and cereals—the great grains. Look for 100 percent whole-wheat bread; whole-grain pasta and cereals; and whole grains, such as brown rice and barley.

Fats and oils—where a little goes a long way. Avoid anything with trans fats on the nutrition label. Stick with vegetable oils, such as canola, olive or sesame. And opt for light or low-fat dressings and mayo.

A few to forget

Remember, what you leave off your shopping list is just as important as what you put on it. That means that fatty, salty and sugary foods can stay on the shelf. Your heart will thank you for it.