Eat Heart Healthy at Restaurants This Month

Eating healthy when you’re out to dinner can be a challenge.

But this month, it’s a little easier. In honor of February being American Heart Month, seven KC restaurants have partnered with Shawnee Mission Health to offer dishes that are low in fat, sodium and other ingredients that may contribute to heart disease.

Dishes at participating restaurants include: chicken breast, cauliflower, spinach and sweet potato at Story; poached mahi mahi, smoked tomato and white beans at YaYa’s; a beet salad, poached fig goat cheese truffle and baguette at Grand Street Café in Lenexa; grilled salmon over pineapple salsa, sautéed kale and quinoa at Tavern at Mission Farms and Tavern in the Village; and ahi tuna with Brussell sprout leaves, hazelnuts and tart cherries at Newport Grill and Paradise Diner.

Tavern at Mission Farms heart-healthy offering. Photo via Facebook.

For each dish enjoyed, the restaurants will donate 10 percent to the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center to support various programs throughout the community, including CPR education in schools, women’s heart health and more.

But what about eating heart healthy the rest of the year?

“One of the best ways to fight heart disease is by following a healthy diet,” said SMH Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director Jay Jackson. “Try to incorporate a wide variety of nutritious foods into your meals, or order one of the healthy options from the menu the next time you dine out. Even small steps can make a big difference in your overall heart health.”

Get more information on how to keep your heart healthy from the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center and the American Heart Association.