Good afternoon! I have more beach trip re-cap coming to you soon but today is my last part of the 4 week series on Heart Healthy recipes I have been doing with One Beat CPR. Thanks again to Exposed PR & Events for linking me up with One Beat CPR. I have learned a lot about heart health and hope you have to!

Today’s focus is What You Can Do to Prevent Heart Disease in Your 20s:

  • Find a doctor and have regular wellness exams. Healthy people need doctors, too. Establishing a relationship with a physician means you can start heart-health screenings now. Talk to your doctor about your diet, lifestyle and checking your blood pressurecholesterolheart ratebody mass indexand waist circumference. You may also need your blood sugar checked if you are pregnant, overweight or have diabetes. Knowing where your numbers stand early makes it easier to spot a possible change in the future.
  • Be physically active. It’s a lot easier to be active and stay active if you start at a young age. “If you’re accustomed to physical activity, you’ll sustain it,” Dr. Stein said. Keep your workout routine interesting by mixing it up and finding new motivators.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke. If you picked up smoking as a teen, it’s time to quit smoking. Even exposure to secondhand smoke poses a serious health hazard. Nonsmokers are up to 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure at home or work, according to a U.S. Surgeon General report.

Here is a video on Proper Technique for Chest Compression from One Beat CPR.

One important part of heart health is eating foods that are healthy for your body and help to keep your cholesterol in check.

Week 1’s Recipe was a dinner recipe: Honey Sesame Salmon

Week 2’s Recipe was a lunch recipe: Two Bean Salad in a Jar + Cilantro Balsamic Dressing

Week 3’s Recipe was a breakfast recipe: Cinnamon Almond Granola

Flavor

This week’s recipe is a snack recipe. As we all know, it’s easy to munch on unhealthy snacks throughout the day. A typical break room at work has cookies and donuts and the vending machines are full of chips and crackers. Most of the snack foods you find out and about are not healthy and will leave you hungry. Today I want to share a healthy recipe that is easy for you to make at home and have throughout the week whether for snacking on at work or on the go!

This recipe for Sweet Cinnamon Cream Dip is a Greek Yogurt base which is great for snacking on and full of protein. One 6oz serving of Greek Yogurt has 15 grams of protein! It will help you stay full and ward off cravings for unhealthy snacks. This dip is sweet and filing and when accompanied with fruit it will leave you satisfied for the afternoon.

Sweet Cinnamon Cream Dip

Serves (2)

  • 8oz. of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt (they were out of 0% at the grocery but I suggest it for lower fat and heart health purposes)
  • 2 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp of Brown Rice Syrup (or Agave, Honey, etc.)
  • 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp of Sliced Almonds

Start with 8oz of plain Greek Yogurt in a bowl.

Mix in the Vanilla and Cinnamon.

Add the Brown Rice Syrup and stir.

Top with sliced almonds and serve with a side of fruit!

I used Apples and Strawberries for dipping and it was delicious! Apples and Strawberries are both great fruit choices for overall heart health.

Heart Healthy Ingredients

  • Cinnamon: Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Almonds: Lowers LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk for heart disease
  • Greek Yogurt: Helps with Weight Reduction and has low fat and cholesterol
  • Apples: High in fiber, polyphenols and lowers LDL Cholesterol
  • Strawberries: Reduces LDL Cholesterol

What is your favorite fruit or veggie to dip?