Written by Jada Yuan, CNN
The beauty of vegetables is their ability to sit just about anywhere, to soothe your tummy in the morning, eat on the couch or on the plane and practically whenever you want.
But despite their vast diversity, in the US and other countries, roughly 50% of vegetables are pre-packaged, pre-washed, boxed or frozen. This leaves you with a diet packed with additives, preservatives and potentially scary chemicals.
That’s why nutritionist Monica Gilmore joined CNN’s Eat This, Not That! program to share her foolproof heart-healthy diet.
“It’s a bit intimidating coming in and being a cardiologist who looks at the US population and says, ‘Your eating habits, not so great.’ But I can say with a certain amount of confidence that our diet isn’t going to send our children to a lifetime of health problems. It’s definitely going to send them into a lifetime of a shortened life expectancy.
“By the end of my talk, you’re not going to want to grab a box of Tropicana, grab a bag of potato chips or eat ice cream,” she said.
Portion control and portion size are major keys. But besides bulk-down the prepackaged foods, there are also many plant-based and heart-healthy options that can be mixed and matched to adjust to your preferences and stomach’s fullness level.
Gilmore put together a list of 12 incredible eats that are just right for a heart-healthy diet — and that you can prep easily and pack on the plane, train or bus.