Go Red by Keeping Your Heart Healthy This Fall
The autumn months bring additional health and nutritional challenges. The shorter, cooler days can make it harder to get physical activity outdoors. And there are the looming (and calorie-packed) temptations of football party snacks, Halloween sweets and Thanksgiving buffets. This fall, try out our easy tips for boosting your daily activity and eating healthier.
· Rake leaves
· Go apple or pumpkin picking
· Play music while you exercise
· Take the elevator instead of the stairs
· Walk the dog
· Go for a bike ride
· Grab a friend to join you for your favorite outdoor activities
Fall Recipe Idea:
Layered Mexican Casserole
A spritz of fresh lime juice is the perfect finishing touch to this casserole, which is a handy way for using up leftover chicken breasts. If you don’t have any of those in your refrigerator or freezer, see the Cook’s Tip at the end of the recipe for a quick way to prepare some.
1 10-ounce package frozen brown rice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles, undrained
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked skinless chicken breasts, cooked without salt (about 7 1/2 ounces cooked)
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1 medium lime, quartered
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Prepare the rice using the package directions. Spread in an 8-inch square baking pan. Stir in the cumin. Drizzle with the oil. Using the back of a spoon, smooth the surface. Spoon the chiles over the mixture. Top, in order, with the cilantro, chicken, and cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
Serve with the lime wedges.
This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Patient Education program. Recipe copyright © 2008 by the American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes in American Heart Association cookbooks, available from booksellers everywhere.Learn more tips to help you stay heart healthy this fall!