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Heart-healthy eating is not complicated. However, if you are eating a typical American diet, your "on-the-run" eating may not be heart healthy.

The next time you are at the grocery store or your favorite restaurant, take a second look as some of the healthy options that many stores and restaurants are offering.

Heart-Healthy Food CategoryIn The Grocery StoreAt Restaurants
VegetablesFreshly packaged spinach, green beans, broccoli, carrots, etc. to steam in the microwave

Vegetables that are good in the steamer (squash, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli)
Salad with little or no dressing

A "veggie" plate, with steamed vegetables
Lean proteins and low-fat dairySkinless chicken breast to grill
Sliced turkey, with the American Heart Association's check mark, for sandwiches
Legumes and beans
Low-fat cheeses, yogurt and milk
Grilled, baked or poached fish
Steamed seafood
Ceviche - lemon cooked fish and shellfish
Grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun
Always ask to have your food grilled "dry" - without oil/butter
FruitsBananas, rich in potassium and an easy-to-pack snack
Apples, star fruit and berries, are rich in fiber
Fresh fruit desert, without dip
Side order of fruit
Whole grainsWhole grain bread with at least 3 grams of fiber per slice
Quick-cooking brown rice
Whole wheat pasta
Whole grain breads

Remember, good heart health requires a low fat, low sodium, high fiber diet. Aim to keep sodium consumption under 1,500 mg per day, and if you consume alcohol the limit is 1 beverage per day for women and 2 beverages per day for men. A serving is a 5 ounce glass of wine, a 12 ounce beer, or 1-1/2 ounces of 80-proof whiskey. Alcohol, in moderation, can enhance heart health by increasing the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) but in excessive amounts, alcohol can hinder heart health.