Nourish What Counts

Good morning! I have a fun post for you guys. We have the opportunity to donate $500 to the American Heart Association (AHA)! Read on!

Quaker has teamed up with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement to encourage women to “Nourish What Counts” by taking just 5 minutes to do something good for their hearts. As you know, it only takes 5 minutes to to schedule a workout or eat a healthy breakfast.

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Here are a few simple ideas from Quaker you can do in 5 minutes to help nourish your heart:

Eat heart healthy meals: Replace some of the refined grains you eat, like white bread and rice, with whole grains. Start making the change at breakfast by eating 100% whole grain Quaker Oatmeal. Three grams of soluble fiber daily from oatmeal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats gets you on your way with 2 grams.

Challenge yourself: Take five minutes to sign up for the Map My Fitness Quaker Challenge: Complete 15 workouts in 30 days to help keep your heart healthy and strong.

Learn facts about heart health: Visit Quaker.com/NourishWhatCounts to learn how you can make Heart Health an important part of your daily routine. Discover the state of your heart to make an informed decision about what you can do to live a better life by taking the My Life Check.

Make time for family fun: Set-up a “family night” each week. Cook a healthy dinner together, break out the board games or head outside to enjoy playing together. Sharing in laughter and fun helps relieve stress, which is great for your heart!

To celebrate American Heart Month and help spread the message, Quaker would like to provide a CNC reader and me with the opportunity for a $500 donation to our local American Heart Association chapters. That’s $250 on behalf of me and $250 on behalf of one of you guys! All we need to do is generate 100 comments on this post to secure the donation.

Disclaimer: Quaker is providing me with a $250 donation to my local American Heart Association chapter; however, my opinions are entirely my own.

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, I made myself a big bowl of super creamy oatmeal with hemp milk (instead of almond milk), ground flaxseed meal, pumpkin pie spice, and a massive scoop of almond butter, which melted all over so I got a little bit with each bite (aka the best way to eat oatmeal).

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Question of the Day

How do you nourish what counts?

Please leave a comment so we donate $500 to the AHA!

145 Comments

  1. Thank you for letting us all be a part of something so worthwhile! Heart health is such an important thing to always be aware of, and thank you for the opportunity to help the cause! i nourish what counts by always eating whole grain, incorporating copious amounts of fruits and veggies into my diet (most days), and incorporating some kind of physical activity into every day.

  2. By making sure to fit in workouts when I can to keep my heart pumping & incorporating fruit & veggies into a daily diet. And family & friends are good for the heart as well 🙂

  3. i make sure to eat whole grains whenever possible, get lots of sleep (6-8 hrs), drink a lot of water, and do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

  4. I nourish what counts by getting the most out of every meal. For breakfast, I’ll add a scoop of protein powder to my steel cut oats to ensure I’m fulfilling my nutrition potential. Such a filling breakfast is a great start to my day!

  5. I make my health and fitness a priority – I get up early enough to make a nutritious breakfast and schedule time at the gym right after work so I have no excuses.

  6. what an awesome giveaway! i stay heart healthy by exercising (yay crossfit!) & eating well-balanced, home-cooked meals!

  7. I sneak oatmeal flour (oatmeal pulsed in a blender), protein powder and/or greek yogurt into almost everything (baked items, sauces, smoothies, etc.). I eat oatmeal with raw nuts, greek yogurt and berries EVERY morning at work. My 16 year old daughter makes oatmeal with peanut butter and eggs whites for breakfast (all of it is put in a bowl and microwaved). Kinda different, but she loves it.

  8. I eat whole grains (a lot of oatmeal!) but am always trying to incorporate a more heart healthy diet and keep up with workouts since it’s something runs in my family & is important with my diabetes. I’m also trying to educate my mom to nourish her health as she had open heart surgery a few years ago. Thanks for brining awareness!

  9. I eat whole grains and have my week planned out, so I am only eating healthy – no grabbing unhealthy meals because my fridge isn’t stocked!

  10. Heart health is very important to me — heart disease is on both sides of my family and ended several relatives’ lives way too early. To help protect myself, I exercise most days a week and eat a plant-based diet, but I also want to stress how important it is for us all to get our blood pressure and cholesterol screened regularly, no matter what healthy steps we take day-to-day!

  11. Heart health is very important to me — heart disease is on both sides of my family and ended several relatives’ lives way too early. To help protect myself, I exercise most days a week and eat a plant-based diet, but I also want to stress how important it is for us all to get our blood pressure and cholesterol screened regularly, no matter what healthy steps we take day-to-day!

  12. I try to workout for at least 60 minutes five times a week, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night!

  13. I “nourish what counts” by balancing (as best I can) my work and personal life. Stress is so bad for hearth health, and I believe a lot of stress comes from a lack of this balance. My father died of a stroke 6 years ago, a result of a lifelong struggle with high blood pressure. He lacked balance and often worked too hard. It’s so important to relax, spend time with loved ones – including dogs 🙂 – and take time for oneself.

  14. I’ve been trying to follow the Paleo Diet, but I feel so much better when I eat healthy carbs…like oatmeal. So thank you Tina for posting this and thank you to Quaker for doing this! 🙂

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