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Caregiver Tip #2: A Healthier Heart Can Taste Great!

A heart-healthy diet that is low in fat and salt can be boring. To spice up meals and appetite, I add taste-rich ingredients such as garlic, onions, vinegar, citrus zest/citrus juice, cilantro, ginger, and thyme. I typically avoid prepared seasonings because they often include salt. I also take into consideration that taste buds decrease with age, so I am not afraid to add extra until I receive complaints. For sweetness and texture, a fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt smoothie can be a big hit. (And make some extra for yourself.)

You can also offer a recipe that is a hit with your residents and clients. And there are lots of heart-healthy recipes floating around the internet. Here are some from the American Heart Association:

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