During February's Go Red For Women we talked with Veggie Lisa about the importance of healthy eating for women's heart health.
80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented through education and lifestyle changes such as moving more, eating smart and managing blood pressure.
Healthy eating is critical to preventing cardiovascular disease in women. About 45 percent of U.S. deaths caused by heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes are because of poor dietary habits, such as high sodium intake, high sugary drink consumption and low intake of fruits and vegetables.
Veggie Lisa shared this recipe that is heart healthy!
Rustic Italian Tomato Soup
16 oz. frozen mixed bell pepper strips (may be labeled stir-fry mix)
14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 3/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 can no-salt-added navy beans (drained, rinsed)
3 Tbsp. chopped, fresh basil
2 Tbsp. chopped, fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 medium garlic clove (minced)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano (crumbled)
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
1/4 tsp. salt
In a food processor or blender, process the bell pepper strips, tomatoes with liquid, broth, beans, basil, parsley, vinegar, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes until slightly chunky or smooth.
Pour into a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until the flavors are blended.
Remove from the heat.
Stir in the oil and salt.