As a mother, I want to be as healthy as possible for my family. As a woman, I know one of the first steps to keeping myself healthy and strong is taking care of my heart. 1 in 4 women die from heart disease in the U.S. each year, and that's a number that really scares me. Since I want to be around as long as possible, I take every precaution that I can so I don't fall victim to heart disease. Exercise is important to me, and I try to get in a solid workout at least 4 days a week. Mixing it up between Hip Hop, Zumba, Pilates, and free weights keeps my workouts from getting stale. I don't drink alcohol and don't smoke. I try to avoid second hand smoke when possible as well. Even though I enjoy a sweet treat every now and again, I try to eat as healthy as possible, avoiding saturated fats and cholesterol. Keeping heart healthy food within reaching distance is something that I try to do not only for myself, but for my family as well. One of our favorite things to snack on is nuts, and the good news is, some nuts are considered "superfoods" for the heart. I particularly like to snack on almonds and walnuts. A little handful each day provide so many heart healthy benefits!
Almonds have: Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols. They are great to use in baking, trail mix, yogurts and in fruit salads.
Walnuts have:Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; folate; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols. They are great in baking, especially in cookies, breads and muffins, and add a great crunch to salads.
Since we are regular CVS shoppers, we are partial to grabbing nuts from their Gold Emblem Abound line.
We like the Gold Emblem Abound brand because they are free of all artificial preservatives and flavors, and are made with wholesome ingredients.
Gold Emblem Abound Raw Natural Almonds are ones that I like to eat straight from the bag. The almonds are huge and crunchy, and pack a lot of flavor too!
Gold Emblem Abound Walnut Halves & Pieces are what I like to keep in my baking cabinet. I use walnuts to bake with a lot, and having them stocked at all times is a must for me. I especially love them in my banana nut muffins. (You can find that recipe in my recipe tab.)
Gold Emblem Abound Omega-3 Trail Mix is my favorite though. You get a delicious mix of sweet and salty with this assortment. Each bag contains walnuts, pepitas, cashews, hazelnuts, dried cranberries and sweet raisins. It's the perfect heart healthy snack mix.
I actually keep a bag of the Gold Emblem Abound Omega-3 Trail Mix in my workout bag to help energize and refuel me after each session.
Not only does Gold Emblem Abound offer heart healthy snacks, they have an extensive line of healthier foods that are a great alternative to greasy and fatty snack options. The next time you are at CVS/pharmacy, check out their Heavenly Light Popcorn, Sweet & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix, Deluxe Mixed Nuts, and the Lime & Black Pepper and BBQ Flavored Baked Rice Crisps!
If you would like to learn more about these heart healthy snacks from Gold Emblem Abound, you can find them in your nearest CVS/pharmacy or at www.cvs.com.
What are some heart healthy foods you like to snack on?