Top 10 healthy donations

Food items can be dropped off at the U-M Frankel CVC


donation[1]As the holidays approach, many of us become increasingly aware of opportunities to donate household items, especially food, to those in need.

In support of FeedMichigan.org, U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center employees and patients will find a convenient donation cart located at the 3rd floor Frankel CVC entrance. But before you make your donation, consider tips for healthy holiday donations from U-M Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Kathy Rhodes and Sarah Meyers. The two stress the importance of donating food items that will help recipients stay in good health.

canned veggies blogTop recommendations

  1. Beans – both dried and canned — provide a variety of nutrients for good health, including protein, soluble fiber, folate, calcium and magnesium.
  2. Canned fish is an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
  3. Canned meat is a great source of protein.
  4. Nuts and nut butters are good sources of healthy fats, protein, vitamin E, folate, magnesium and antioxidants.
  5. Hearty canned soups and stews are simple to prepare and good sources of protein. Choose low-sodium products that contain beans or lean meats.
  6. Canned vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Choose low-sodium products.
  7. Canned and dried fruits provide vitamins and minerals. Choose canned fruit without added sugar (e.g., applesauce, pineapple or peaches) and unsweetened dried fruit (e.g., prunes, raisins and apricots).
  8. Dry breakfast cereals help get the day off to a healthy start. Choose cereals that include fiber or whole grains that are also unsweetened or low in sugar.
  9. Grains and grain products provide fiber. Choose whole grains (d.g., brown rice, barley and quinoa) or grain products (e.g., whole grain pasta and noodles, granola or energy bars and crackers that list whole grain as the first ingredient).
  10. Powdered milk and canned evaporated milk are good sources of protein and calcium. Choose instant non-fat dry milk or canned fat-free evaporated milk.

Take the next step:

Frankel-informal-vertical-sigThe University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is a top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit our website at umcvc.org.