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Saturday, 7 February 2015
The "Heart Healthy" Label
Topic: Nutrition and food safety

A Quick Recipe can be made healthier by taking a closer look at the labels of the foods you buy.

Today I would like you to focus on a new label placed on some processed foods—this one is from the American Heart Association, is called "Heart Healthy" and is intended to point out foods that promote their healthy diets.

“Risky foods” for people include high sodium (high salt) processed foods and those containing high cholesterol, any trans fats and high saturated fats. So, a new label you may see is the “Heart Healthy” label to promote those foods lower in sodium and saturated fat.

The Crockpot Chicken Stew I am making has this label on the skinless chicken thighs, pointing out it is a food low in saturated fats and has no trans fats.

And the American Heart Association Heart Healthy label is also on the can of lower sodium Cream of Chicken soup that I am using.This time it's because of lower sodium content.

The regular Cream of Chicken soup by the same company has twice the sodium of the can shown. People with hypertension and heart failure certainly need to be aware of the sodium content in their diet. But it's important to note that most processed foods still contain higher sodium than what people without blood pressure or heart problems need, too!

Salt is often added for flavor, but we can easily improve the flavor of our homemade foods with the addition of herbs, not more salt! So, if you are making a crockpot stew using a processed soup, consider looking for low sodium options, never add more salt, instead making sure you add dried or fresh herbs. In this chicken stew—the addition of thyme and/or rosemary would be a great choice, along with ground pepper.



Quick Crockpot Chicken Stew

4 servings

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs- cut up into 1” pieces

2 large carrots, cut into 1” chunks

2 large stalks of celery, diced

1 potato, diced 

½ small onion, diced

Place above into a lightly oiled crockpot.

Add 1 can of undiluted “Heart Healthy” Cream of Chicken Soup and stir in.

Add 1/2 cup of frozen chopped spinach or kale.

Add freshly ground pepper and extra dried or fresh thyme leaves or chopped fresh rosemary leaves.

Cook on “low” setting for 8 hours.

Last hour, stir in 3/4 cup of frozen peas and –if you want, and carb counting allows—place 4 small frozen potato dumplings on top. Cover, put on “high” setting until the dumplings are cooked. 



Posted by Karen at 08:28 CST
Updated: Saturday, 7 February 2015 09:48 CST
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