You're truly never too young or too old to protect your heart. "The buildup of plaque in your arteries can silently start as early as your late teens and early 20s," explains Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., professor of cardiology and population health and senior vice president, office of community and public health, at the North Shore-LIJ health system. Lower your odds of developing heart disease by keeping an eye on these key factors and lifestyle habits in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.See More
You'll feel better and more energetic than ever with these perfectly balanced no-recipe meal ideas.
For a breakfast that will keep you energetic all morning long, try a mix of:
-Quality Proteins: The protein in foods such as eggs, nuts, and smoked salmon makes breakfast stick to the ribs longer.
-Healthful Fats: People who eat a breakfast that contains a small amount of fat, like that found in low-fat milk, usually eat less overall throughout the day.
-Complex Carbs: The fiber and nutrients from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables help you lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight.
For the Cereal Lover: Bowlful of Bounty
Trade boxed cereals for this muesli from Dave Grotto, registered dietitian and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. Combine toasted oats (about 1/2 cup) with almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and dried cherries. Add a splash of skim milk and drizzle honey on top. "It's a powerful bowl," says Grotto, who ate it every morning for 20 days and saw his cholesterol drop 70 points.
For the Super Rushed: Smoothie to Go
Blend a frozen banana, skim milk, fat-free yogurt, and peanut butter (plus a few berries if you like) and pour into a to-go cup. The ice crystals in frozen bananas make the smoothie frothy. If you want a sweeter flavor, use really ripe bananas. "Many take-out smoothies give you a lot of calories from sugar and then you crash," says Ellie Krieger, a registered dietitian and author of The Food You Crave. Not so with this one.
For the Egg Eater: Sunrise Sandwich
"Aim to get at least three food groups in your morning meal," says Jackie Newgent, registered dietitian and author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook. Her favorite: Layer a poached egg, guacamole, salsa, and spinach leaves on whole wheat toast and serve with a side of honey-drizzled, plain, fat-free yogurt topped with fresh raspberries and sliced almonds.