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Show Your Heart Some Love with Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist Jamie Lee McIntyre

Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 23, 2023

February is American Heart Month and we invited Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, Jamie Lee McIntyre, to share her tips for heart healthy living! Sticking to a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming, but there are ways to start simple. McIntyre says a heart-healthy diet is low in saturated fat, sodium and added sugars and high in plant foods like beans, vegetables and fruit. A simple start to eating more heart-healthy is by making sure you’re getting the recommended 2 servings of fruit per day. If you’re busy and on the go, as many of us are, check out That’s It., their fruit-based snacks use simple, recognizable, and minimal ingredients that are perfect for when you need a quick and convenient option on-the-go. They’re well-known for these delicious fruit bars made with just fruit – literally that’s it – providing the fiber and nutrients in fruit without the hassle or rotting. You’ll also love That’s It. Organic Smart Apple Crunchables, found at Kroger’s, which have one ingredient: organic apples, and are fruit snacks actually made from fruit – no juices, purees, concentrates, or added sugars. Perfect for your bag, work desk, and especially the lunchbox, since they’re school safe and free from the top 12 allergens.

Convenience and ease are ideal since stress can take a toll on heart health. McIntyre says that stress can contribute to unhealthy habits, but there are things you can do to help control your stress levels. Light physical activity, like walking, deep breathing and guided meditation, talking to someone you trust, and establishing a peaceful nighttime routine at the end of the day to help unwind and take the edge off. McIntyre shared her nighttime routine as an example. She likes to relax by journaling and sipping one of the NEW Good Night Nutrition Shakes or Protein Hot Cocoa Mix, which are the newest protein offerings from fan favorite - Premier Protein - and the first to help support a healthy nighttime routine with the addition of a unique nighttime protein blend. These drinks deliver a milk peptide with relaxing properties, 10g of satiating protein, and essential vitamins and minerals, like magnesium and zinc, which can have a calming effect on the body. Choose from delicious flavors like Cozy Cocoa, Caramel Bliss and Dreamy Vanilla, as the perfect nighttime ritual to help unwind before bed. You’ll find these online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com!

It’s also important to stay up to date on regular visits with your doctor, lab work, and vital checks, so you know your numbers and can work with your care team for a customized approach to heart health.

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