Celebrating Mom – She’s All Heart

by Sylvia Geiger MS, RD, CD, Price Chopper Community Nutritionist

Flowers, breakfast in bed, and dinner at her favorite restaurant are traditional ways to celebrate our mothers. This year, it’s time to show our love for mom in a new way by supporting her efforts to care for her own health.

In their role as caregivers, moms are likely to put their own health on the back burner or at risk while providing for loved ones. These generous actions can have serious consequences—especially on heart health.

We’ve long known that women are just as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease (heart attack & stroke) as men, but the myth that women don’t need to actively work towards preventing heart disease prevails. Nothing could be further from the truth. Women of any age will benefit from exercise, diet, and lifestyle choices that promote heart health.

Check out these tips to help mom take positive steps toward eating for a healthy heart:

  1. Heart-healthy eating means selecting plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes & beans, lean meats and fish, and low-fat dairy foods everyday.
  2. Use NuVal shelf tags numbers to find foods with the highest NuVal scores; these foods will be more heart healthy. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars, sodium, cholesterol, and saturated and trans fat. All of these undesirables lower the NuVal scores for a food.
  3. Look for whole grain breads, crackers, rice, and cereals. Again, the higher NuVal score, the better for your heart. These foods will have more fiber, a lower Glycemic Index, and less sodium and added sugars.
  4. Aim for eating fish twice a week and choose lean meats and poultry.
  5. For more information see our Healthy Heart Wellness Center or visit the American Heart Association for more tips on preventing heart disease.

Surprise mom with this week’s Heart Healthy Mothers Day Celebration Meal! Even the kids can help put this meal on the table!

All main ingredients are on sale this week and NuVal scores for raw ingredients are in parentheses. 

Maple Glazed Seared Salmon (87) 

  or  Fish Sticks (82)

or Chicken Breast & Mushroom Cream Sauce (39)

Broccoli  (100) or Baby Carrots (99)

Baked Potato (92) or Brown Rice (82)

Romaine Heart Salad (100) or Dole Salad Blends or Kits (100)

Chocolate Fondue with Fruit (96-100)

Don’t forget to celebrate mom with healthy foods! She deserves it!

  One thought on “Celebrating Mom – She’s All Heart

  1. phyllis herbinko
    May 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    my mom has since passed away, but my favorite memory was the day her and i went to bingo, dinner, shopping for stuff to make her famous chop suey,stayed up all night cooking and talking, when went flea marketing in the a.m then to brkfst, she dropped me off back home about 1pm the next day, and my husband said he was ready to call the cops, cause he was worried about us, her respond:DON’T U EVER CALL THE COPS TO TAKE US DOWN, IF SHE’S W/ME, SHES FINE! never did he worry about us again, he knew how we spent our time out together after that,lol…………….that was one of the greatest memories of many i have of her, and she was my foster mother since i was hand picked by her and my dad @19 months old.

  2. May 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    meant track us down

  3. Noreen Bourdon
    May 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    There are many memories but the favorite was she took the time to always listen to my many questions and sharing her opinions always wanting the best,and right things for her children,she instilled so many positive thoughts and decisions to me through her loving advice and I am greatful for the genuine love always which was blended in each conversation.For this my love to her is priceless. Mom I love you more than words can sometimes express.

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