This June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association encourages New Jerseyans to be Healthy For Good™.
Robbinsville, NJ, May 7, 2018 — When you think of New Jersey summers, you can’t help but dream about days at the Jersey Shore and fresh produce from farm stands all over the state. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to add color to their meals throughout the month as part of their Healthy For Good™ movement. The movement is designed to inspire lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.
This June, add color to every meal and snack, because adding even one serving of color in the form of fruits and vegetables each day can help to build a healthier lifestyle! The American Heart Association recommends 4 servings of fruit and 5 serving of vegetables each day. Fruits and vegetables in all colors and forms - fresh, frozen, canned and dried—count toward the daily servings recommended.
“A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease,” says Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT, registered dietitian and spokesperson for American Heart Association. “Add color to your plate and think about seasonal spring and summer vegetables like strawberries, tomatoes, and cantaloupe!”
Eating healthy and including fruits and vegetables in your diet is directly linked to living a longer, healthier life. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of premature death, heart disease, stroke, multiple forms of cancer, and conditions like diabetes and hypertension which are linked to lower quality of life. By adding just 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, you could be reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
This June, and all year long, the American Heart Association encourages New Jerseyans to eat healthier and add color to daily meals and snacks. Get free tips, recipes and resources at www.heart.org/FruitVegetableMonth or www.heart.org/HealthyForGood.
Interested in making a heart-healthy dish with lots of fruit and veggies? Check out the recipe below for our grilled chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa or visit www.heart.org/recipes for more ideas!
Grilled Chicken with Strawberry and Pineapple Salsa
Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup salsa per serving
Grilled pineapple and fresh mint and strawberries combine with tangy lemon and a bit of hot pepper flakes to make an interesting salsa for grilled chicken.
1 teaspoon canola or corn oil
2 slices fresh pineapple, each 1/2 inch thick, patted dry
1 cup whole strawberries (about 5 ounces), diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium lemon
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded
2 teaspoons salt-free steak seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the grill on medium high. Brush a grill pan or grill rack with the oil. Heat the grill pan or rack on the grill for about 2 minutes, or until hot. Grill the pineapple for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly, about 2 minutes, before chopping.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining salsa ingredients except the lemon. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest, reserving the lemon. Stir the zest and chopped pineapple into the strawberry mixture. Set aside.
Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the seasoning blend and salt. Grill for 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink in the center. Transfer to plates. Squeeze the reserved lemon over the chicken. Serve with the salsa on the side.
NUTRITION ANALYSIS (per serving)
Total Fat 3.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 66 mg
Sodium 223 mg
Carbohydrates 14 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 10 g
Protein 27 g
Dietary Exchanges: 1 fruit, 3 very lean meat
This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Face the Fats campaign. Recipe copyright © 2009 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere, and at deliciousdecisions.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at https://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.