Healthy, Happy Valentine
This Valentine’s Day, choose healthy treats to taste and give to friends and your sweetheart. Skip the conversation hearts, baked goods, box of chocolates, marshmallows and poor-quality chocolates, and choose more filling, natural goodies to show your love how much you care about them and their health.
- Dark chocolate hearts are great for your heart as they contain flavanols.
- Peanut M&M’s contain 5 grams of filling protein, discouraging the consumption of tons of empty calories.
- Dark chocolate covered strawberries are low calorie treats, as strawberries only contain 50 calories per cup.
- Fun Size Snickers also contain a filling 3 grams of protein and are easily portion controlled.
- Dark chocolate covered almonds or almonds in general may help you lose weight, reduce your cholesterol or even assist in preventing diabetes.
No Fear New Year’s Resolution DIY Fitness Countdown
You don’t need a gym membership or tons of in-home equipment to get a solid workout. Using your bodyweight as resistance, you can easily do this simple workout in under a half hour. Modify any of the following to suit your own personal level of fitness and work yourself up to the full routine.
- 100 Jumping Jacks
- 90 Crunches
- 80 Bodyweight Squats
- 70 Leg Lifts
- 60 Jumping Jacks
- 50 Crunches
- 40 Bodyweight Squats
- 30 Knee Extensions
- 20 Hands Up Push Ups
- 10 Burpees
Love Your Heart
February is American Heart Month. As love is in the air and we are thinking more about the way our hearts feel, we should also be thinking about how healthy our hearts are. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. Here are a few things to consider:
How prevalent are problems of the heart? An American dies every minute and twenty-three seconds due to a coronary event of some kind. However, more specifically, an American dies every four minutes due to a stroke. Strokes are the fourth largest cause of death. 795 thousand people each year have a stroke, most of which are women. Other conditions related to heart health that have their own specific risks include arrhythmia, congenital defects, diabetes and heart failure.
What are the symptoms of heart attack or stroke? Although heart attack and stroke are not the only worrisome heart conditions, they are common. Symptoms of a heart attack include discomfort in the chest or upper body, nausea and lightheadedness, being out of breath, fatigue, heart palpitations and cold sweat. Symptoms of stroke include weakness, facial drooping, difficulty speaking, severe headache, dizziness, loss of vision, discoordination and numbness in the legs, face and arms. Call 911 if you believe you are experiencing either of these conditions.
What can I do to improve my heart health? The American Heart Association suggests the following seven steps be taken to improve heart health:
- Incorporate physical activity into your daily lifestyle.
- Keep tabs on your cholesterol.
- Check your blood pressure regularly.
- Keep your blood sugar in a healthy range.
- Make healthy eating decisions.
- Make weight conscious choices and maintain a healthy weight.
- If you have a smoking habit, quit.
Following these tips will improve your heart health and assist in preventing many heart conditions.
Source: American Heart Association, Heart.org
Super Simple McCormick® White Chicken Chili
Searching for a cozy dinner on a chilly night but strapped for time? This five ingredient dish is delicious, and the warmth and spice of chili is a perfect distraction from the cold.
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into half-inch cubes
- 1 package McCormick® White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix
- 1 cup water
- 1 can white beans, undrained
- Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until no longer pink.
- Stir is seasoning mix, water and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with cheese, sour cream, salsa or other desired toppings.