Happy Heart Health Month! While exercise is important, heart healthy food is more essential in order to maintain a happy and healthy heart.
In an article by Health Essentials, here is some heart healthy food that can easily be part of your everyday meals.
15 foods that are good for your heart
- Fish high in omega-3: such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and trout.
- Healthy nuts such as almonds or walnuts will satisfy your hunger and help your heart.
- Berries are chock full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber. Try blueberries, strawberries, cranberries or raspberries in cereal or yogurt.
- Milled or Ground Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestrogens to boost heart health.
- Kidney or black beans which are high in fiber, B-vitamins, and minerals
- Wine lovers rejoice! A 4-ounce glass of red wine (up to two for men and one for women per day) can help improve good (HDL) cholesterol levels.
- Try marinated tofu in a stir-fry with fresh veggies for a heart-healthy lunch or dinner.
- Red, yellow and orange veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers and acorn squash are packed with carotenoids, fiber and vitamins to help your heart.
- Use spinach in sandwiches and salads instead of lettuce.
- Fruits such as oranges, cantaloupes, and papaya are rich in beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
- Tender, sweet asparagus is filled with mighty nutrients such as beta-carotene, folate, and fiber, and only provide 25 calories per cup or 5 calories per large spear.
- Tomatoes – even sun-dried varieties in winter months – provide lycopene, vitamin C and alpha- and beta-carotene.
- Dark chocolate is good for your heart health, but just be sure that it’s at least 70 percent cocoa.
- Crisp, fresh broccoli florets dipped in hummus are a terrific heart-healthy snack with a whopping list of nutrients, including vitamins C and E, potassium, folate, calcium, and fiber.