Top 5 Heart-Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating
It’s almost February! You know what that means: Time to focus in on your heart health and challenge yourself to eat foods everyday of the month that will get your heart into even better shape than it is in right now. The goal is to continue to incorporate these foods into your regular diet.
Why should we bother with eating heart-healthy foods? Well, what you eat affects your risk of heart disease and poor blood circulation, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Heart disease is the number 1 killer and stroke is the number 3 killer of women and men in the U.S. It’s time we take charge of our health, because — you better believe — if you don’t, no one else will! Here are 5 key foods to incorporate into your diet for better heart health.
High in Omega-3 fatty acids, this pink fish helps to decrease your risk of heart disease.
Tip: Try grilling wild salmon with a rub or marinade of your choice. Save a chunk to chop up and mix with grilled veggies or salad.
2. Flaxseed (ground)
One of the most powerful plant foods! High in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytoestrogens, flaxseed helps reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Tip: Ground flaxseed can be sprinkled onto all sorts of foods, ranging from yogurt parfaits to cereal, homemade muffins, cookies and more.
Oatmeal is an excellent source of fiber, which helps decrease cholesterol. It is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin, and calcium. Additionally, oatmeal helps keep blood pressure down.
Tip: Top hot oatmeal with fresh berries or sliced banana. Need something sweeter? try making oatmeal-and-raisin cookies!
One of the most powerful disease-fighting foods you can eat are blueberries. That’s because they contain anthocyanins, the antioxidant responsible for their dark blue color. These delicious jewels are packed with fiber and vitamin C, and are available all year long (frozen or fresh). Give your heart health a boost by adding blueberries into your daily diet.
Tip: Add blueberries to whole grain cereal, waffles, salads, Greek yogurt, smoothies, and more.
Almonds contain plant omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, phytosterols, and heart favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
Tip: Mix a few almonds (and berries) into cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, trail mix, or fruit salads.
So there you have it; 5 delicious and convenient foods that will not only give you more energy and help you feel better, they will make you healthier from the inside-out. Make it a goal to eat at least one of these foods every day for the month of February. From there, see how creative you can get to add these foods into your diet when February is behind us…your heart will thank you!
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By: Kristen Bell
Categories: Diet, Nutrition & Health