It’s no coincidence that the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day is also American Heart Month. It’s a great time to make some heart-healthy changes that can have long term benefits. A great first step is adding some foods your menu that are good for you heart. Here’s a list of some of the best foods, and they’re delicious, too!
- Fish – Adding a serving a fish to your weekly menu is a great way to increase your protein intake and get some much-needed Omega-3’s. Be sure to choose tuna, salmon, mackerel or trout to get the most benefit.
- Nuts – A serving of nuts, like almonds or walnuts, can be a great snack or addition to a salad or stir fry. The are calorie dense, so be sure not to overdo it. A serving is roughly what will fit in the palm of your hand.
- Tomatoes – They are so versatile and so delicious. Roasting them brings out their lycopene which is known to help lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Apples – High in fiber and flavonoids that stop inflammation, apples are the perfect go-to for a late afternoon snack.
- Olive Oil – It’s easy to switch to olive oil for cooking. It’s been a staple in the Mediterranean diet for centuries, and is thought to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s great drizzled on salads or used in your favorite pasta salad recipe.
The great part about these foods is that they are readily available and easy to add to your menu. Kick off a year of heart-healthier choices with help from the experts at the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. Consider learning more about your two important numbers – cholesterol and blood pressure – and what that can do for your overall health. Read more about the benefits of a heart healthy lifestyle here.