Fit Find | Monte Bene® Pasta Sauces

Monte Bene Pasta Sauce_05500b5f49817700b4cf933bb1ece114One of the problems with using a prepared spaghetti sauce is that they contain added sugar and are high in sodium. Here’s a Fit Find you can use on anything that needs sauce, such as your favorite pasta, fish, or chicken.

The Monte Bene® Farm Fresh Tomato Basil, Garlic Marinara, and Spicy Marinara Pasta Sauces are delicious as well as truly “all natural” — just tomatoes, Italian San Marzano tomatoes, fresh onions (not dehydrated), extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and garlic, and seasonings.

Each sauce contains just 240 mg sodium per 1/2 cup serving, less than 1 g sugar, and 40 calories. Other commercial sauces can contain up to three times the sodium and up to 10 times the sugar.

Monte Bene® sauces are also reasonably priced ($4.99 per 24-oz jar at Whole Foods). To find out more: http://www.montebene.com. Click here for more Fit Finds.

♥ Daily Dose | Clams: A Cardiac Superfood

Canned clamsDID YOU KNOW….  clams top the list as a source of vitamin B12? In fact, just one serving of clams (three ounces) has 14 times more vitamin B12 than a fortified breakfast cereal with 100% DV!

100% DV (Daily Value) of a nutrient is based on a 2,000-calorie diet and means a serving of the food contains 100% of your daily needs. This water-soluble vitamin plays a key role in cell metabolism, the formation of blood, and the normal functioning of your brain and nervous system. (See ♥ Daily Dose | Vit. B12 Deficiency)

Clams are also an excellent source of heme iron. Believe it or not, they’re right up there with beef liver. Heme iron is found in animal foods and derived from hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen). The body absorbs the most iron from heme sources of iron. Iron is essential due to its oxygen-carrying capacity.

An iron deficiency can impair muscle function, normal function of the nervous and immune systems, and can limit your work capacity during exercise. So, if you have a cardiac condition, it’s important to get enough iron each day. Patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) are prone to develop iron deficiency and iron supplementation improves functional status and quality of life.    Continue reading “♥ Daily Dose | Clams: A Cardiac Superfood”

Fit TV | The Raw Truth About Vegetables


VIDEO: Research scientists have performed various studies on the valuable life-extending antioxidants in vegetables. These studies reveal whether it’s healthier to eat vegetables raw or cooked. Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, hosts this compact segment of health news in The Health Reporter Minute.

Bruschetta with Garden Tomatoes & Basil

roma tomatoesBruschetta  (pronounced “brusketta”) is a healthy snack or appetizer and easy to make.  (Chopping tomatoes required, but can be therapeutic.)  If you’re so lucky to have vine-ripened tomatoes and homegrown basil on hand, this refreshing Italian dish promises to be extra flavorful.  The tomatoes add a rich source of lycopene making it a red-hot antioxidant that’s protective against aging and a growing list of cancers.

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