Easy Black Bean Soup + Tips for a Heart Healthy Life. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Heart Association. All opinions are 100% mine.
Easy Black Bean Soup + Tips for a Heart Healthy Life
It’s easier said than done. I’m going to live a healthier life. It’s the thought that creeps into my mind just about everyday. I’m going to lose weight. I’m going to exercise more. I’m going to eat better. But then life gets in the way. We’re busy, too busy. We’re stressed, too stressed. We’re fighting for survival from busy jobs, schedules, kids, and husbands… I get you, mom. But then I was given a different way to approach a healthy life when asked, what is your reason to living a healthier, longer life? Two words: my kids. Today, my why is motivating me to eat healthier, with tips for a heart-healthy life from the American Heart Association, like this Easy Black Bean Soup recipe. We only have one heart. It’s the very center of our being and the core of our best life moments. And some days, I take that completely for granted. Being adopted, it really hits home. I don’t know my family history. I don’t know if there’s cancer in the family, diabetes, or heart disease. That’s actually pretty scary. Because sometimes I eat what I want. I don’t exercise. I drown myself in stress. And I know it’s not good for my heart, my family or me. But then, the American Heart Association reminded me that Life Is Why all these things matter. Everyone has a reason for living a healthier, longer life. And the answer was easy for me, my kids are why. My whole look at a healthy living has shifted from what I should do to WHY I should do it. And it’s been life-changing. I exercise more so I can experience more of life’s precious moments with my kids. I turn off my phone and computer to relax and really listen to my kids. And I eat healthier so I can be here longer for my kids.
Heart-Healthy & Easy Black Bean Soup
One of the ways that I can be there for my kids is to eat heart healthy recipes. Good thing the American Heart Association website is chock full of delicious heart healthy recipes, like this Easy Black Bean Soup! A perfect blend of hearty ingredients and a hint of spice, I love eating this soup for busy weekday lunches. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 Medium onion, diced
- 1 TBSP garlic, jarred, minced
- 2 TSP ground cumin
- 1 Jalapeño, chopped
- 2 16 oz. cans of low sodium black beans, undrained
- 1 15- oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 Cup low-sodium chicken broth
- OPTIONAL: chopped fresh cilantro
- Spray large pot with cooking spray, over medium-high heat add onion and cook until translucent (5 minutes).
- Add garlic, cumin and jalapeno and cook 1 minute more.
- Add beans to pot and lightly mash with a potato masher or fork.
- Add tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Serve topped with chopped fresh cilantro (optional).
I love this soup for busy weekday lunches. Freezes wonderfully and makes great leftovers, I’ve found yet another easy recipe to add to our stash.
My Tips for a Heart Healthy Life
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Eat less sodium, or salt
- Drink less sugary beverages
- Exercise more
- Turn off stress in my life, including my phone and computer
- Increase more relaxation
- Eat delicious heart healthy recipes, like this Easy Black Bean Soup
You don’t have to do it alone. The American Heart Association Life Is Why Campaign offers so many great resources for moms. They want everyone to experience more of life’s precious moments, and to do that you have to be healthy in heart and mind. From delicious recipes like this one, to tips for heart and brain health, the American Heart Association is there to help us reach our goals. Be sure to check out their Pinterest page for more heart healthy recipes like this one, healthy tips, and lots of great mom hacks too! The more moms that make healthy living a priority, the healthier our future will be. Moms can make real change in heart healthy lives. But we need to find our why. I don’t know what my future holds, but I know that I want to be there as long as possible for my kids. And now, I’ve found my motivation for living a heart-healthy life, thanks to the American Heart Association.