10 Heart-healthy Foods

10 Heart-Healthy Foods

Use these simple tips for adding delicious, heart-healthy foods to your daily diet.

1. Salmon: Swap canned tuna for canned salmon for an easy addition to salads, sandwiches, wraps, eggs and whole grains. Choose wild salmon over farmed whenever possible.

2. Flaxseed: Mix a tablespoon of ground flax seed (flax meal) into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or cottage cheese.

3. Oatmeal: Prep a large batch of steel-cut oats on Sunday for easy weekday breakfasts.

4. Almonds: Combine almonds or almond butter with an apple for a well-balanced snack.

5. Beans: Cook a pot of dried beans on Sunday or keep low-sodium canned beans on hand to add to tacos, burritos, soups, stews, and salads.

6. Kale: De-stem, chop and sauté in extra-virgin olive oil for a quick side dish.

7. Avocado: Use in place of mayo and cheese on sandwiches.

8. Berries: Keep fresh or frozen berries on hand to mix into yogurt, smoothies, cereal and salads.

9. Garlic: Add to any savory dish or pop a raw clove or two directly into your mouth.

10. Lentils: Replace meat with this inexpensive source of lean protein.


Fun Fact: The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.

Fun Fact: Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 lbs. of chocolate.

Fun Fact: Eating dark chocolate every day may reduce the risk of heart disease by one-third.

Fennel fan? Fennel is rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Raw fennel root has a crisp texture and a licorice-like flavor that make it a unique addition to salads or vegetable trays. Cooking it mellows its flavor.

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