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Wellness Wednesdays: Be Heart Smart

February is Heart Health Month – be sure to check the Eat Well blog for a new topic related to heart health each week for the month of February!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news, is there are many ways to keep your heart healthy through diet and exercise. One way is to enjoy more heart healthy fats and limit saturated and trans fats. Heart healthy fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Increased intakes of these unsaturated fats has been associated with improved heart health and cardioprotective effects. Diets higher in saturated and trans fats have been shown to increase cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Monounsaturated Fats are also known as omega-9 fatty acids. These fats help decrease total cholesterol and LDL levels, which help improve heart health.

Good sources of this fat includes:

  • Nuts: almonds, peanuts, pistachios
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Nut butter

Polyunsaturated Fats have two categories – omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fats also decrease cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids include EPA and DHA, which can help improve HDL (good cholesterol) levels and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Good sources of these fats include:

Omega-3

  • Fatty fish: trout, salmon, tuna
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Canola oil
  • Eggs

Omega-6

  • Oils: canola, soybean, corn, safflower, sunflower
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews

Check out these tips to increase healthy fat intakes:

  • Try preparing fatty fish at least twice a week
  • Spread avocado for a creamy addition to sandwiches
  • Dress salads with heart healthy oils
  • Top oatmeal and yogurt with nuts and seeds
  • Create your own heart healthy trail mix
  • When baking use canola oil instead of butter
  • Include legumes and whole grains with your meals
  • Add walnuts to baked goods

 

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  • February 6, 2019

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What our clients are saying

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“What a night! You and your team rocked it and made us look like stars. Great working with you and know we will have more chances to work together on future events.”

“Thank You for once again going above and beyond to ensure that our programs are a success. Your willingness to customize menus as well as provide your expert guidance to develop a well-rounded selection of offerings is what keeps us coming back! The food is always exceptional! Our programs would not be a success without the CulinArt team!”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“I just wanted to send a quick note acknowledging the wonderful food and service provided by our new vendor.  The food was delicious and the students consistently commented on how amazing everything was.  What a difference! In addition, the staff and management were so easy to deal with – very professional.  They were punctual, responsive and attentive to our needs.  Thank you again for making a positive change to the quality of life of our students.”

“The CulinArt team has been great to work with and has been super flexible. Having worked with other dining services at different institutions, having a dining team that is open to menu changes has been a great resource for our events. ”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Yesterday I ordered the special (Bloody Mary Burger) which was one of the best burgers I’ve ever tasted, [but] this e-mail is not to praise the burger.  Eating the burger reminded me of the great service, professionalism, the smiles, the knowledge and the great food that I have come to love each and every day.  Your team, who really work as a team, take their time to explain nutrition and meal ideas, and encourage healthy eating.  I wouldn’t change one thing about this crew. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for their hard work each and every day.”

“I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to make our Annual Holiday Party a Great Success.  You did an Amazing job from the décor, the food and the service you provided! I have heard nothing but great comments. As always, I enjoyed working with you and your team.”

“I wanted to take this moment to thank you and your staff for making the Athletic Celebration absolutely wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the event. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Thank you for your help from start to finish.”

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