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Healthy Eating: Tips for Eating Heart Healthy

Eating to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease & Stroke

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You can eat out and eat healthy too. Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. And eating a diet low in these items reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. Click the + signs for ideas on dining out with heart health in mind.

Many foods fit into a heart-healthy diet if prepared with low-fat ingredients and less salt.

Here are some ways you can eat heart healthy at your favorite restaurant:

Instead of: Try: Cream soups Broth soups with vegetables Buffalo wings Peel-and-eat shrimp Chicken fried steak Grilled chicken with sauce on the side Creamy coleslaw Sautéed vegetables or tossed salad Hot fudge sundae Frozen yogurt, sherbet or fruit ice Flour tortillas Corn tortillas Sour cream and cheese Salsa, pico de gallo, cilantro, jalapeno peppers
Quesadilla Chicken fajitas with corn tortilla Danish Small bagel Cheeseburger
Grilled chicken sandwich or small hamburger
French fries Baked potato with margarine and pepper

Information provided by the American Heart Association.