Eating to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease & Stroke

Mother and Daughter EatingYou can eat out and eat healthy too. Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. And eating a diet low in these items reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Special Requests

Many foods fit into a heart-healthy diet if prepared with low-fat ingredients and less salt.

Eating Healthy at Restaurants

Here are some ways you can eat heart healthy at your favorite restaurant:

Instead of: Try:
Cream soups Broth soups with vegetables
Buffalo wings Peel-and-eat shrimp
Chicken fried steak

Grilled chicken with sauce on the side


Creamy coleslaw Sautéed vegetables or tossed salad
Hot fudge sundae Frozen yogurt, sherbet or fruit ice
Flour tortillas Corn tortillas
Sour cream and cheese
Salsa, pico de gallo, cilantro, jalapeno peppers

Chicken fajitas with corn tortilla


Danish Small bagel
Cheeseburger Grilled chicken sandwich or small hamburger
French fries Baked potato with margarine and pepper


Information provided by the American Heart Association.