September is Healthy Aging Month. Whether you’re already taking care of yourself and want to maintain that, or you’re ready to turn a new leaf, it’s never too late to start eating better to protect your heart.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease. Heart disease can be linked to obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, and eating oversized portions and unhealthy foods. Maybe if we thought more about what an amazing organ our heart really is, we would treat it better. The fact is that your heart beats about 115,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day. It’s truly a wonderous machine.

 

In honor of Healthy Aging Month, FirstLantic provides two quick and easy recipes (courtesy of our friends at EatingWell.com). These are heart-healthy, delicious, and will take you 25 minutes or less to make. So, get cooking, get moving and give your heart a little love!

 

 

Miso-Maple Salmon

 

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • ¼ cup white miso
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) skin-on salmon fillet
  • Sliced scallions for garnish

Directions

  • Step 1

Position rack in the upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

  • Step 2

Juice 1 lemon and 1 lime into a small bowl. Whisk in miso, oil, maple syrup, pepper, and cayenne. Place salmon, skin-side down, on the prepared pan and spread the miso mixture on top. Halve the remaining lemon and lime and arrange around the salmon, cut sides up.

  • Step 3

Broil the salmon just until it flakes with a fork, 7 to 12 minutes. Serve with the lemon and lime halves and sprinkle with scallions, if desired.

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onions
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons vinaigrette
  • ¼ medium avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted walnut pieces

Directions

  • Step 1

Combine spinach, onion, and strawberries in a medium bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Top with avocado and walnuts.  Enjoy!  No-fuss, no-muss!

 

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