10 Heart Healthy Foods

10 Heart Healthy Foods

10 Heart Healthy Foods

You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your Heart!
 

With heart disease becoming one of the leading causes of death, it’s no wonder why there is so much talk about being heart healthy.  Even when you have a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and fish, there are a few foods that stand out in their healing power.
 

By no means is this an exhaustive list, nor is it a suggestion that these are the most heart smart foods. These are just 10 foods to consider in your heart healthy lifestyle.


 
 

10 Heart Healthy Foods

 
1. Black and kidney beans

These beans are high in soluble fiber, B-complex vitamins and folate. Because they are low in fat, they’re a great protein source in your meals. Add them to soups, serve them over rice or make some chilli. Try our Frito Pie Recipe for a quick and easy dinner!
 
2. Flax seeds

These small seeds pack a nutritional punch and are easy to add to foods, virtually unnoticed. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, phytoestrogens and fiber. Add them to your breakfast cereal, yogurt or baked items. I like to add them to my Shake Recipes.
 
3. Almonds and walnuts

Another great source omega-3s, these nuts are great as a snack by themselves or added to other foods. They also have mono and polyunsaturated fats, magnesium and fiber. Enjoy this light and tasty Chicken Salad Recipe for lunch or dinner!
 
4. Blueberries 

Full of antioxidants and folate, blueberries are known to fight heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. They also include plenty of fiber and vitamin C. Use them on top of your cereal and salads and add them to baked goods. Get your daily dose with these delicious Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles!

Blueberry Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

 5. Sweet potatoes

Not only do they taste good, but sweet potatoes also have plenty to offer nutritionally. They are a great course of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamins A, C and E. Eat them as a side dish or puree them into pancakes and muffins. Try them as a side dish with our Crockpot Chicken Recipe.
 
6. Tofu and soymilk

The soy-based products include plenty of healthy benefits and are rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. Tofu is a great meat substitute and soymilk can replace the regular milk you drink and add to foods daily. Try our Tofu Tacos, for a healthy revamp of the classic taco.
 
7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, magnesium, soluble fiber and folate. It’s a great start to your day or you can add oats to your favorite baked cookies. You could easily add them to this Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe.
 
8. Spinach 

This flavorful green vegetable includes calcium, fiber, potassium and B-complex vitamins. Use spinach in place of lettuce in salads and sandwiches. Cooked spinach is delicious as well. You won’t feel bad eating this Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip.

low fat spinach artichoke dip

 9. Salmon 

Oily fish are a good source of vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon has the highest concentration omega-3s, but tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies are also good source. You can grill salmon; add it to a stir-fry, pasta or even a salad. Try this Healthy Grilled Salmon Recipe that’s super simple!

How to bake salmon in foil

 10. Red wine

Woohoo! This one is probably my favorite! Red wine has antioxidants that can improve your good cholesterol levels. Enjoy a glass now and then, knowing it’s good for you.


See how easy it is to incorporate these nutritious and flavorful foods into your diet?! You know what else is great for your heart? Exercise! Check out these simple and thrifty ways to workout in the luxury of your own home! For more recipe and ingredient ideas, visit us on Pinterest.

10 Heart Healthy Foods was last modified: March 19th, 2017 by Bianca
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