February is Heart Month, a time to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in Americans: heart disease. Healthy eating can lower your risk for heart problems, so for this edition of Food for Thought, we’re sharing a recipe from the American Heart Association. Give this Thai chicken soup a try — it’s is both heart-smart and tasty.
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
- 2 lb. boneless large chicken breasts
- 14.4 oz. packaged onion and pepper stir-fry mix
- 16 oz. packaged white mushrooms
- 1/2 (13.5-ounce) can lite coconut milk
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1/4 tsp. red hot chile flakes
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 10 oz. packaged frozen peas
- 1/2 cups fresh basil or cilantro leaves
- 4 oz. raw rice vermicelli noodles, roughly chopped or broken
- Asian hot sauce like Sriracha, to serve, optional
- Place chicken into a large slow cooker. Add stir-fry mix and mushrooms. Pour coconut milk and chicken stock over the mixture. Cover and let mixture cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours until chicken is tender.
- Before serving, turn the heat to high if it’s on low. Use tongs to transfer chicken to a bowl. Stir lime juice, chile flakes, salt, pepper, peas, basil, and vermicelli noodles into slow cooker, making sure the noodles are mostly submerged in the liquid. Cover with lid and cook until noodles have softened, about 20 minutes.
- Carefully transfer hot chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-sized pieces. Stir back into the soup. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with hot sauce, if desired.
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You’ve all heard this fact before: heart disease (including heart attacks and heart failure) is the leading cause of death among American men and women, claiming around 600,000 lives each year. But what are you doing about it? Are you and your family working on the controllable risk factors that play a role in this largely preventable disease?
For example, how are you doing with these controllable risk factors?
During American Heart Month this February, it’s the perfect time to ride the momentum of your New Year’s resolutions and move towards a more heart-healthy lifestyle. That means making small to large changes in your daily routine that really pay off. From what you eat to how much walking you do, take stock of what you can control…and share your experiences with other PatientsLikeMe members.
Not sure where to start? Use a BMI calculator to find out whether your Body Mass Index (BMI) falls within a healthy range. Also, make sure you go in for an annual checkup this year, which will give you and your doctor a chance to look at your cholesterol, blood pressure and heartbeat. That way, if there’s a red flag anywhere, you can start doing something about it sooner rather than later.
Also, it’s always a good idea to brush up on the warning signs of a heart attack – and how they may be different for men and women. Here’s to keeping the blood pumping this year and many more!
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