Heart Month Day 15: Give Your Brown Bag a Boost

February 15, 2020

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You’re at work. It’s lunchtime. Your brown bag lunch is waiting for you in the office fridge. Maybe it’s two-day-old meatloaf. Maybe it’s a turkey sandwich. Either way, you’re not too thrilled about it. We’ve all been there. We’ve also been there when the co-workers stop by and invite you out to the new burger joint down the street. This sounds much better, but at what cost – to your wallet and your heart? If only you could make your brown bag lunch more exciting. Well, you can! Start with this Broccoli Salad with Chopped Walnuts. The walnuts bring antioxidants and a satisfying crunch, the broccoli brings vitamins and fiber -which can help lower cholesterol, the poultry packs protein and the dressing adds a delightfully creamy finish.

¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
¼ cup bottled light ranch salad dressing (make it even more heart-healthy by subbing lemon juice and olive oil)
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped cooked chicken or turkey
½ cup coarsely chopped broccoli
¼ cup shredded carrot
¼ cup chopped walnuts

In a small bowl, combine yogurt and salad dressing. In a medium bowl combine chicken, broccoli, carrot and nuts. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken mixture and toss to coat. For individual lunches, divide chicken mixture among four plastic cups. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.

If you would like to speak to a provider about your heart health, Sovah Health can help.  Visit the “Find a Provider” tab at SovahHealth.com to schedule an appointment.