Heart disease runs in my husband’s family. His father died of a massive heart attack at age 43. His mother had a couple of heart attacks and bypass surgery, finally passing away from pancreatic cancer when she was 64, and his brother died from a heart attack at age 55. Because of this my husband sees a Cardiologist on a regular basis. His doctor says he has a healthy heart, but together they take preventive measures to make sure his heart stays that way.
I KNOW I should go and see his doctor about my heart. Thankfully heart disease doesn’t run on my paternal side of my family, but I know nothing about my maternal side. I am also obese which is the worse thing you could be for your heart. My husband keeps asking me to see his doctor but frankly I’m scared to death to know the truth. I know that is WRONG since I’m a wife and a mom, and I should make my health my #1 priority, but it still scares me to hear the truth. What if he tells me that I’m setting myself up for a massive heart attack? Either it will motivate me to do something about it, or send me spiraling down into a deep depression.
I am sure most people are familiar with Campbell Soup’s Address Your Heart campaign. They have started a Campbell’s Address Your Heart Kitchen Project that I think my readers will be interested in. In conjunction they are having a sweepstakes where the top prize is a $50,000 kitchen makeover. OH!!!! I would so love to win that. Maybe an updated kitchen would help us to sell our condo (finally). Or if I won maybe I’d wait until we have a house and have that kitchen made over.
Here is more information about the campaign and sweepstakes.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States.1 Now in its seventh year as a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) is partnering with Chef Antonia Lofaso to help women continue the fight against this devastating disease. Chef Lofaso, a fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” is leading the charge by kicking off Campbell’s Address Your Heart Kitchen Project with creative ideas for heart-healthy eating and cooking. Together, Campbell and Chef Lofaso are asking people to share how they care for their heart for a chance to win a $50,000 kitchen makeover.
An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.2 During the month of February, people can visit www.AddressYourHeart.com for tips from Chef Lofaso, as well as downloadable coupons for Campbell’s heart-healthy products, including Campbell’s® Healthy Request® soups (Condensed, Chunky™ and 100% Natural), Prego® Heart Smart® Italian sauces, Swanson® chicken, V8® 100% low sodium vegetable juices and V8 V-Fusion® 100% vegetable and fruit juices. People can participate in Campbell’s Address Your Heart Kitchen Project by sharing their stories about how they care for their hearts with others in the Address Your Heart online community for a chance to win a $50,000 kitchen makeover, along with a year’s supply of Campbell’s heart-healthy products.
Chef Lofaso is personally committed to the fight against heart disease as her mother was recently diagnosed with early signs of heart disease, and they have been working together to make small changes in the kitchen. Chef Lofaso hopes that through this campaign she will inspire others by translating her skills as a professional chef into simple healthy kitchen habits.
Currently in its seventh year, Campbell’s Address Your Heart campaign has pledged to contribute $5.4 million to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement through 2015.
Campbell is dedicated to offering products that balance great taste with nutritional value, including nearly 100 foods that meet the criteria for the American Heart Association’s heart check mark. These products – from Campbell’s® Healthy Request® soups and Swanson® chicken to V8® 100% low sodium vegetable juices, Prego® Heart Smart® Italian sauces and Pepperidge Farm® Whole Grain line of breads – are all certified heart-healthy by the American Heart Association and can be used to create delicious, heart-healthy meals.
Even if you are not interested in winning the kitchen makeover I would like to encourage EVERYONE who reads this post to check out the Address Your Heart website (men too!). In addition, check out all the heart health recipes you can find at www.CampbellNutrition.com/Heart-Healthy/Recipes. There you can find recipes like Lemon Chicken Scallopini with Spinach, Pineapple-Picante Stir-Fried Pork & Cabbage and Savory Slow-Cooked Chicken Cacciatore, plus many more.
Speaking of heart health recipes, here is a recipe, compliments of Chef Lofaso, that I think many readers might enjoy.
Chef Antonia Lofaso’s Goat Cheese Panzanella with Chicken, Tangerines and Tomato Vinaigrette
A fresh, seasonal take on Chef Lofaso’s famous Panzanella salad from her acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant, Black Market Liquor Bar, this recipe takes cues from her Italian roots and features vibrant vegetables, such as arugula and red onion as the base. Chef Lofaso substitutes a tangerine instead of a traditional tomato to add sweetness and acid and boosts the flavor of the vinaigrette with Campbell’s Healthy Request Tomato soup. This dish is perfect for any night of the week and even easy to assemble for a heart-healthy lunch at work.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
- 3oz crumbled reduced fat goat cheese
- 6 cup arugula
- 6 tangerines, supremed (peel and section the tangerine)
- 2 – 4oz butterflied chicken breasts
- ½ small red onion, shaved
- 4 pieces Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat bread
- 1T extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2T Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Tomato Soup
- 3T chopped flat leaf parsley
- 4T freshly picked basil
- 2T chopped shallots (or 1t of chopped garlic if shallots are unavailable)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 250F. On a medium baking sheet, brush 2t olive oil on Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat bread and allow to dry out in the oven for about 15 minutes until bread becomes crisp to the touch. Break dried bread into 1/2 inch pieces about the size of a large crouton and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Tomato soup, shallots and chopped parsley. Slowly stream in remaining extra virgin olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Prepare 2 – 4oz butterflied chicken breasts. Season with 1/2t salt and pepper and coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts on a suitable high heat baking sheet and place in broiler on high for 3 minutes on each side. Allow to cool. Chop once cooled.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine arugula, red onion, bread, chopped grilled chicken, goat cheese and dress lightly with tomato vinaigrette. Garnish with tangerines and fresh basil before serving. (We don’t want the Tangerines to break apart so just lay them gently throughout the salad to serve).
Mmm… it sounds yummy. I especially like that the recipe has Tangerines in it. It’s such a wonderfully sweet fruit. I wish I could find more recipes that utilize it.
Do you have heart disease? Does it run in your family? What steps are YOU taking to take care of your heart. Feel free to comment and tell me. I always love ot hear from my readers.
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*2 Roger V, Go A, Lloyd-Jones D et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2011 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011. Published online ahead of print December 15, 2010.