Indulged over the holidays? Get back on track and re-control your hypertension.

The season of temptation is behind us and despite knowing which foods contribute to high blood pressure, we indulge. In fact, the average food consumption during that one Thanksgiving meal is between 1,000 and 1,300 calories. Nevertheless, don’t beat yourself up, the festivities happen once a year and stress is just as bad for hypertension. Also, it’s not so difficult to get back on track.

Medical experts and dieticians also say that the effects of a one-time splurge are not that damaging if you resume a sensible diet and exercise aft wards. Also, to gain one pound of body fat it takes consuming 3,500 calories – not that easy. The problem is that many Americans are overweight so it is essential not to let binges continue or become a way of life.

If you still have leftover Turkey or cooked chicken, here is a way to turn it into a blood-pressure, heart-healthy meal.

Turkey or Chicken Salad

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups diced, turkey or cooked chicken
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery
    • 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits, packed in fruit juice, drained
    • 2-ounce jar chopped pimento, drained
    • 1/4 cup fat-free French dressing
    • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
    • 1 hard cooked egg, chopped
    • 2 cups finely shredded lettuce

Method

In a large bowl, combine turkey or chicken, celery, pineapple and pimento. Add dressing and pickle relish. Mix gently to combine. Fold in chopped egg. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. For each serving, place 1/2 cup lettuce on a plate and spoon about 3/4 cup salad evenly over top.

It serves four and only contains 187 calories per serving.

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