Heart Healthy Living With Hunts!

by Kathy Sykes on December 8, 2010 · 2 comments

There is nothing better than making the continued improvement of your health a priority in your life. Living “heart healthy” has been a priority of mine since my mother suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple bypass as a result. It was shocking to the family because she had just gotten a clean bill of health from her doctor that same week AND my father was the one who always had the medical issues….not my mother. Luckily she recovered and has been living a heart healthy lifestyle ever since.

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So, when my mom’s health emergency arose, it just proved to the family that you cannot take your health and heredity for granted. I have featured blog posts here on my site about my diagnosis of high cholesterol and how I am coping with living with this disease state. High cholesterol can be a major contributor to heart disease in that the plaque buildup that can occur in the arteries will block the free flow of blood in the body causing other problems such as high blood pressure and heart attack. In fact, the studies have mentioned  “For instance, in a six-week study, people with high blood pressure who consumed two servings of canned tomato products daily experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure.”(1)

That is why I am happy to share information from ConAgra (the maker’s of Hunts products) and Hunts about how tomatoes can add to “heart healthy” living:

Facts About Hunt’s and Tomatoes:

– Recent studies have suggested that the distinct combination of nutrients found in tomatoes may have a measurable impact on heart disease prevention.
– According to a study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, lycopene absorption is 2-3 times greater in canned tomato products than raw tomatoes.

– Using Hunt’s tomatoes is a great way to get a significant source of fiber, Vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene into your diet.
– Hunt’s tomatoes are flash-steamed to help them keep their backyard-garden-fresh taste, are 100 percent natural and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients.

One great winter dish that I have made using Hunt’s tomatoes is turkey vegetable soup. It is light and tasty and esasy to make.  

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 Recipe:

Ingredients:

1. 2 16-oz bags of frozen mixed veggies

2. 2 12-oz cans of Hunt’s tomato sauce

2. 1 medium to large package of ground turkey

3. 1 and 1/2  (42-oz) box of beef stock

4. salt, pepper, and garlic salt

Preparation:

-Season with salt/pepper/garlic and brown ground turkey in skillet and drain meat if necessary

-In a large soup pot, bring  beef stock and  a cup of water to a boil

-Add Hunt’s tomato sauce, frozen vegetables, and ground turkey to pot

-Simmer mixture until vegetables are a tender consistency

*****You may add pasta shells for a heartier soup and parmesean cheese on top as a granish (and it’s yummy too!!)

And the most important reason for me to stay mindful of “heart healthy” living is for my son, Thomas.

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For additional information about the study findings can be found here in a press release: media.conagrafoods.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=202310&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1494219&highlight

For more information about Hunt’s tomatoes and the FlashSteam process, some recipe inspiration and the latest news and promotions, visit www.hunts.com

****Disclosure***** This blog post is part of a paid sponsored project with TheMotherhood and Hunts (ConAgra Foods).

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