February is American Heart Month!

Feb 21, 2023


February is American Heart Month!

At Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank, we are grateful to be able to help our clients meet their dietary goals and stay healthy. This month in the United States the focus is on heart health. Thanks to Manna's grocery store shopping set-up, our clients often can find specific foods to meet their dietary needs.

Our stocked refrigerators and freezers mean that clients have options to choose healthy, fresh foods. The CDC recommends foods low in sodum and low in trans fats for heart health. Thanks to our grocery store partners and community donations, these options are available at Manna.

Right now, in the pantry, we have fresh salad kits, lots of local oranges, low-sodium soups, canned beans, frozen chcken, and there is always something unexpeected to add some flavor to heart healthy shopping. For example, now we have oat bran, chipotle sauce (a great low sodium option), and artichokes.

We encourage you to learn more about heart health this month. In addition to enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, here are some suggestions for stocking a heart healthy pantry from the Cleveland Clinic:

  • Almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk
  • Assorted cooking oils
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain cold cereals
  • Low fat refried beans
  • Tomato Paste/low sodium pasta sauce
  • Reduced sodium soups
  • Whole grain bread and tortillas
  • Popcorn
  • Rice cakes
  • Honey
  • Reduced/non-fat salad dressing
  • Spices
  • Reduced sodium ketchup

From: Cleveland Clinic - Stocking a Heart Health Pantry

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