You run through the grocery store and pick and choose what's on sale and what you need in your kitchen. But even with a shopping list in hand, still there are items you forget that you need. So what should have on hand in your kitchen?
Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, the Director of Women's Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and a cofounder of the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA), believes in whole foods.
What are the "must eat" weekly diet needs?
Suzanne Steinbaum, DO: Food is the fuel that supports you. It's energy, pure and simple. Research has shown that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and olive oil, consistent with the Mediterranean diet, can decrease the incidence of heart disease by 30 percent, whereas diets high in saturated fats and simple sugars can increase the risk of heart disease by 30 percent.
What's your advice for preparing a meal?
Suzanne Steinbaum, DO: Keep it simple.
- Start with greens (arugula, spinach, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts)
- Add some colorful veggies (tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions).
- Add some fiber-rich whole grains (barley, quinoa, lentils, beans, chickpeas, wheat berries).
- Then choose omega-3-rich fish (good for the brain as well as the heart) and lower-fat proteins like chicken or turkey breast.