Our Small Changes to Make a Big Difference #AddressYourHeart

Who would think that at the age of 32 I would be concerned for my heart health?  It is something I never really actively considered until a few years ago when I started to see friends around me, similar in age, start to have heart complications due to diet and other genetic factors.  I also saw friends who were avid runners have heart attacks!  I knew it was time to REALLY start thinking about the way I looked at our family’s health and overall eating habits.

We started with the small things.  The first quick change I made was to switch all of our bread over to whole wheat.  Honestly, I think the boys would prefer whole wheat now because they have never known any different.  I also switched to a butter alternative that incorporates Omega-3 for all of our cooking (yes, even baking).  The other big change we made was in our deli meat.  Did you know that the amount of sodium in one slice of deli meat can exceed your daily limit?  When I found that out we started making our own or purchasing the “no salt added” varieties from our local deli.

When it comes to cooking I rely upon one of my childhood trusted favorites for substitution.  Have you ever used vegetable soup to make meatloaf?  It works great, keeps things simple and can also greatly reduce your sodium intake.  I use the Campbell’s Healthy Request Vegetable Beef, a few bread crumbs and an egg to mix into our meatloaf.

If you are in an even bigger hurry and have picky little eaters one of our go to meals is complete comfort food!  There’s nothing better than a great grilled cheese with Chicken Noodle Soup on a blustery day.  Those of you experiencing the Nemo storm right now can probably appreciate this!  Again, I go with the Healthy Request Chicken Noodle in order to keep it even more healthy.  We don’t skimp on the butter for our grilled cheese, but remember, we use the butter alternative and whole wheat bread.

Address Your Heart and WIN a $50K Kitchen Makeover from Campbell’s:

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Follow the steps below and share how you care for your heart to participate in Campbell’s contest and you could win a $50,000 kitchen makeover.  Contest Rules  & Prize Page.

Step 1: Submit a photo below that shows how you care for your heart

Step 2: Fill out the information required including your name, email address and zip code.

Step 3: Write a short contest entry (up to 200 words) that corresponds with the photo and share how you care for your heart. Please be honest and sincere with all your thoughts and remember to tell us in 200 words or less.

Step 4: Confirm you’ve read the Official Rules.

Step 5: Log in through your Facebook account.

Step 6: Submit your contest entry.

You can share your contest entry on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and visit AddressYourHeart.com for recipes, tips, and downloadable coupons for heart-healthy products from Campbell.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the Campbell Soup Company’s Address Your Heart initiative.  The opinions, text, and images are all mine.

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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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Comments

  1. Yum healthy request chicken noodle soup, I am a sucker for a good chicken noodle soup. What a great contest!

  2. I’ll have to try the soup in the meatloaf idea -never heard of that!

  3. I never thought about the sodium in deli meat and like the idea of making your own. We love soup and grilled cheese, especially chicken noodle!

  4. As moms we definitely need to make sure we’re eating as healthfully (is that a word) as our children. I’m glad you wrote this post, Happy Heart Health month!!!

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