We all know that a healthy diet is great for our waistline but more importantly it is good for our heart health. Heart disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide, which is very scary to think about. Our diets play a massive role in our heart health and impact the risk of heart disease.
We don’t want you to become a statistic therefore, we have looked into some of the foods that are good for your heart and we’re bringing them straight to you to reduce your risk and live a healthier, fulfilling, well balanced life. Gosh we love you guys!
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are super packed with important nutrients that play a vital role in our heart health. Berries are also super rich in antioxidants, which protect against the oxidative stress and inflammation that contribute to the development of heart disease. Most berries are incredibly delicious so this food shouldn’t be too difficult to incorporate into your diet, we recommend throwing some in your breakfast smoothie or adding them into your salads.
Herbs such as sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary are a great alternative to salt and fat, which is a heart-healthy choice. Fresh herbs add flavor without all the bad stuff so start stocking up when you’re at your local super market and throw them onto your proteins, vegetables and even your carbs!
These little beans are jam-packed with heart-healthy nutrients along side folate, antioxidants and magnesium, which can lower blood pressure. Their fiber levels also assist in controlling cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If you feel like Mexican one night we highly recommend including these in either your salsa or meat to pack a heart-healthy punch.
Salmon is filled with Omega-3s, which are health fats good for your heart as they lessen the risk of heart rhythm disorders and lower blood pressure. Two servings of salmon a week is what is recommended and lucky for us there are numerous salmon recipes available on the Internet. Have a look to see what ones take your fancy.
Edamame is Japanese for soybeans and soy protein can help lower cholesterol levels. A cup of edamame beans also packs a punch of 8grams of fiber so these beans are a win-win. You can incorporate edamame into your salads or eat them as they are with a pinch of salt. Delicious!
Ah oranges, bright, delicious, satisfying and good for our hearts. Oranges have the cholesterol-fighting fiber pectin along side potassium, which helps control blood pressure. 2 cups of freshly squeeze orange juice a day can boost blood vessel health and lower blood pressure in men.
So there you have it, 6 food that are great for your heart that you need to start incorporating into your diets. We would love to hear about what you do with these ingredients to incorporate them into your life the best way that works for you. Please let us know through the “Contact” section on the website.