Heart Healthy Snacks for the Quintuple Bypass Patient

I guess the older you get, the more you have to learn…  voluntarily or otherwise!!  A friend of mine just underwent a “Quintuple” Bypass Surgery.  I’d heard of a triple before…  never heard about the quadruple and definitely never a quintuple!  Yikes!  Fortunately I don’t think he even knew it was that bad before he headed in…  if he did, he didn’t share it with his friends and co-workers!!  Please note:  he did not have a heart attack.  He simply went for an annual check-up.  Goes to show how important those are, at any age!! 

Obviously the recovery from something like this is pretty substantial.  I wouldn’t know first hand because the man didn’t want visitors!!  Who can blame him, right?  So I went to work on a care package for the guy.   Most important note:  Think “Low Fat, No Salt”.  That was the response I received when I inquired about the necessary diet during recovery (and I assume for the rest of his life…). 

As it turns out, there are some tasty (and some admittedly not so tasty) little treats out there for the heart-conscious!!  Here’s what I found so far: 

  • Unsalted pretzels
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Frozen grapes (sound pretty good when it’s 105 degrees outside)
  • Fat-free yogurt
  • Homemade Salsa with Baked Chips
  • Raw veggies with hummus
  • Fruit
  • Rice cakes

A great idea for a care package?  Call Whole Foods.  They have a “concierge” service.   I know… I would’ve laughed at that a few years ago but now that I have two toddlers?  Well, let’s just say I have a new appreciation for “time” and more so, “time not spent in a grocery store with two toddlers”. 

That being said, one of the things they’ll do for you is put together a little care package!  They actually prepared him a meal (grilled chicken breast, a corn & tomato salad, fresh fruit and a green salad) along with a sampling of some of the tasty treats above and delivered it (for a delivery charge of $18, of course).  Money well spent, in my opinion!!

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