Fast food chains, frozen foods and pizza delivery companies exist for a reason: convenience. Rather than head home and cook a proper meal, it’s much easier to hit the drive thru. But these meals are loaded with sodium, sugar and fat—nothing that benefits your health and your heart. With just a simple trip to the grocery store, you can purchase foods that will strengthen your heart but don’t require any effort to prepare. Here are a few to add to your grocery list: Almonds. The belief that nuts are just too high in fat is not exactly true. While too many may cause the waist to expand, a handful actually offers necessary omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and heart-healthy fats. Put some in a plastic bag and take it to work. When the 3 p.m. sugar craving comes on, eat the almonds instead. They are sweet and salty and will curb the dessert craving. Oatmeal. It doesn’t take much effort to cook oatmeal and it is truly the perfect breakfast. The fiber is filling and will carry you over to lunch, plus it offers omega-3 fatty acids and niacin that the heart needs. Tuna. This is one of the easiest proteins to add to your diet. Tuna is now available in easy-to-open pouches, making it even more convenient than the cans. You just slip a pouch into your lunchbox and either eat it as is or put it over lettuce to make a quick, healthy salad. Carrots. The packages of mini carrots are available in the produce section of the grocery store. They offer fiber, which makes you feel fuller faster. Try dipping them in hummus or low-calorie Ranch dressing for extra flavor. It is also vital to add a multi-vitamin and proper supplements to your diet to ensure you receive a wider variety of vitamins and minerals. Weider™ offers Red Rice Yeast with phytosterols that help combat cholesterol. Food or dietary supplements containing at least 400 mg per serving of free Phytosterols taken twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 800mg, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.