You may not know, but I had heart surgery when I was just 21 years old. It was a scary time in my life. I was young and very unsure about my heart issues. There are few things that rock your world than having your heart act up or the heart of someone you love.
I had no idea what to do to keep my heart healthy and what kind of habits I should have in place to ensure that I would not repeat the same issues with my heart later on in life.
Thankfully, I educated myself about taking care of my heart.
It’s never too early or too late to start living a heart-healthy lifestyle!
I am working at incorporating heart healthy decisions not only into my life, but my husband and children’s lives too. I want to be around for my children for many years to come.
One of the easy ways I maintain a heart healthy lifestyle is by drinking Welch’s 100% Grape Juice. With nearly 20 years of research to back it up, 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes helps support a healthy heart. Made specifically from the concord grape and its plant nutrients (polyphenols), Welch’s 100% Grape Juice provides crucial support for heart health.
Some things I do for my heart health I do not particularly enjoy… Ahem… Working out…
But drinking Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is not a chore. My children enjoy having a glass with me and love drinking the color purple! It’s so important to eat a variety of colors which provides a wide range of nutrients and vitamins.
I have been trying to cut back on unhealthy choices of drinks for the kids and recently began making our own No Sugar Added – Grape Lime Soda! It is so easy!
- 4 cups Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
- 1 whole lime
- 1 liter Club Soda
- *A little honey can be added to give a slightly sweeter taste, but my children love it without the added flavor.
- In a small saucepan, simmer grape juice on medium-low heat until reduced by half.
- Juice half a lime and add to grape juice reduction.
- Allow to cool and store in fridge in a glass jar.
- Soda ratio is 3 parts Club soda to 1 part grape reduction.
- Garnish each glass with a squirt of lime.
Taking care of our hearts is vital, but it is not extremely difficult. Making simple changes to your diet like adding Welch’s 100% Grape Juice and this Grape Lime Soda are both delicious and easy ways to support your heart health.
Learn more about the Mighty Concord Grape HERE!