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3 Simple Steps to a Heart-Friendly Diet

It’s never a bad time to start thinking about heart health. Kick off your new diet with these three easy-to-follow ideas.
bowl of oats

Get More Soluble Fiber

An often-overlooked plant-based nutrient, soluble fiber can help lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) as part of a heart-healthy diet. Take the first step to getting your daily dose by eating more whole oats. They’re a good source of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that you can find in whole grain oat foods like Honey Nut Cheerios which provides .75 gram of the recommended three grams per day of soluble fiber per three-quarter cup serving.

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Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet really can make a difference when it comes to your heart’s wellbeing. Try to eat a wide variety of produce to get the full array of nutritious vitamins and antioxidants. Stock up on leafy greens for their high-fiber content as well as vitamins and minerals, and antioxidant-packed berries. Sneak fresh fruit into breakfast by topping yogurt or cereal like Honey Nut Cheerios with raspberries and blueberries. Snack on dried fruit or homemade kale chips in the afternoon. Fill your dinner plate with vegetables before adding other foods. Or, if all else fails, blend everything into a produce-packed smoothie!

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Control Your Portions

Portion sizes have increased dramatically over the past few decades, and that’s bad news for our waistlines and our hearts. One tip: Make Sundays prep days. Buy ingredients and make a plan for weekday lunches—that way you won’t be tempted to grab something on-the-go at work and can keep portions 100 percent under your control. Another tip: Learn what portion sizes actually look like. For example, if a recommended serving size of spaghetti is a half-cup, measure it out so you can easily eyeball it the next time you’re preparing a plate.

 

Make Honey Nut Cheerios a part of your eating plan.