Choosing HEARTier Carbohydrates

Choosing HEARTier Carbohydrates

Making complex-carbohydrate food choices are the right choices for a healthy heart. Here are some simple substitutions:

  • Brown rice is a heart healthy substitution for white rice.
  • Look for bread made from whole wheat flour and that 3+ grams of fiber per slice. *It must say “whole wheat” or “100% whole wheat” on the package. Avoid enriched flour white breads. Refined wheat loses important nutrients and fiber in the refining process.
  • Add a variety of grains including cracked wheat, barley, quinoa and prepare them as if you would use rice in pilafs. *Quinoa is available in most stores and high in protein content.
  • Use 100% whole-wheat flour to make roti, chapati, or phulka. Use ghee or oil in limited amounts.
  • Incorporate whole wheat pasta into your diet. Make sure you stick to the proper serving size of pasta, ½ cup cooked, add a lean source of protein and plenty of vegetables.
  • Thin crust pizzas or pizza dough made from whole wheat is recommended.

Your Vida Health Coach will help you come up with a heart healthy action plan and help you get started with simple action steps to move you in the right direction.

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