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Planning Ahead for Heart-Healthy Holidays

PHOTO: Roasted turkey breast with herbs is one of dozens of heart-healthy recipes offered by the American Heart Association, which says there are ways to avoid the excesses of the holiday season  but still manage to eat well. Courtesy AHA
PHOTO: Roasted turkey breast with herbs is one of dozens of heart-healthy recipes offered by the American Heart Association, which says there are ways to avoid the excesses of the holiday season but still manage to eat well. Courtesy AHA
November 11, 2013

NASHUA, N.H. - For many people, the holidays bring fun, family and food together. It can be especially difficult to stay on a healthy course during the last couple months of the year. But it isn't impossible.

There are ways for everyone to enjoy the time and still keep their heart health in mind, said Chrissy Meyer, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

"This is kind of the 'official, unofficial' kickoff to the holiday season here, in the month of November," she said. "It's kind of a reminder to people that obviously, one of the best things about the holidays are the foods - but there is a way you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods and also maybe eat a little bit healthier over the holiday season as well."

Many people think a heart-healthy diet means no red meat, but Meyer said that isn't the case.

"There are more than 30 cuts of lean beef that are approved by the American Heart Association as part of a heart-healthy diet," she said.

Now is the time to start planning those holiday eating strategies, she said, adding that all kinds of healthy eating tips are on their website, heart.org.



Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NH