Did you know that:
Heart disease is the number one killer of women?
As a woman you are more likely to die of a heart attack than all forms of cancer combined?
That very few women are excluded from the risks factors for this disease. Over 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease.
That 1 in 31 American women die of breast cancer each year but 1 in 3 die of heart disease?
That since 1984 more women have died than men of heart disease?
These staggering and startling statistics are just some of the facts that can be found on the American Heart Association website. Being that my husband is in training to be a cardiologist, heart disease and heart health are both a pretty big topic around our household. I still found myself shocked by these statistics.
You may be reading this wondering what can be done to help prevent these numbers in the future. For starters you can work on staying healthy NOW. Measures such as quiting smoking, reducing your stress, eating healthy, and exercising at least 30 minutes a day, and visiting your doctor once a year can all help you avoid some of the major risk factors of this disease. In honor of Go Red Day I concocted a heart healthy pomegranate smoothie. This smoothie is relatively low calorie, low fat, and low cholesterol and definitely tasty.
How to make a Heart Healthy Pomegranate Smoothie.
Ingredients and Instructions:
1/4 cup pomegranate arils
1 ripe banana (or a frozen one if you like)
1 handful of fresh spinach leaves
1 cup skim milk
4 ice cubes (or more if you like it really icy)
Combine all ingredients and blend well.
Please ignore the fact that my smoothie for Go RED is actually green. :)