Give Your Kitchen Pantry Some Love

Eating smart for your heart starts at home. But how do you know what to stock up on to keep your meals heart-healthy? We’ve compiled a guide to help you plan your next grocery trip to stock up on nutritious foods that can help you and your family stay healthy – and satisfied at the dinner table, today and every day.

10 Pantry Essentials

· Dinner starters: Dried beans, low-salt canned items like beans, tuna and salmon

· Rolled, steel-cut or Irish oats

· Brown rice, wild rice and/or brown basmati rice

· Whole wheat pastas

· Reduced-sodium chicken, beef and vegetable broths

· Plain popcorn or light (98% fat -free) microwave popcorn

· Reduced sodium canned diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes and tomato sauce

· Assorted raw nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds)

· Olive oil

· Dried herbs and spices

10 Fridge and Freezer Essentials

· Fresh seasonal fruits

· Fresh colorful veggies

· Fresh green veggies

· Frozen veggies

· Milk alternatives like soy or almond milk

· Egg whites or egg substitutes

· Low-fat yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese

· Lean ground turkey or lean ground beef (the less marbling, the lower the fat content)

· Assorted fish like salmon, tuna, tilapia, etc.

· Skinless chicken or turkey