Heart Happy: Foods That Can Help Your Heart!

I believe the heart is a very important organ and should be kept as healthy as possible. What you eat is the key to keeping your body healthy and functioning properly. So I am writing this article to share with you some things I know for myself and what was shared with me from a doctor about keeping your heart healthy. Below are some foods that can save your heart

Garden-Herbs

 

What you put on your food can be just as important as what you eat. Often times we like to use salt to season our food, which is okay in moderation but you may want to look for other options. Growing up in my household we rarely used salt to season our food so I learned how to cook with herbs and spices. Some herbs that are good for the heart is rosemary, sage, oregano, and much more. However these herbs contains antioxidants.

Note you can also season your foods with fresh onions, garlic, salt free seasoning and a lot of other healthy choices.

salmon

Salmon and Tuna

Salmon and tuna both contain omega-3. Salmon contains omega-3’s EPA and DHA. Omega-3s is said to lessen the risk of heart rhythm disorders and lower blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of salmon or other naturally oily fish each week. Oh and make sure your salmon is not farmed raised.

olive-oil

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive Oil is soooo good and it taste good on salmon. You can brush some on the salmon lightly before you season it. However, olive oil contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which can help protect your blood vessels. It’s a good source of monounsaturated fats. This is a better choice than butter.

 

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Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard is really good and it reminds me of spinach; well its taste. This dark leafy vegetable is rich in potassium and magnesium, minerals that help control blood pressure. These greens can be sautéed with olive oil and seasoned with herbs!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal fills you up for hours and it can help in lowering you LDL; which is the bad cholesterol. It helps keep your blood sugar stable. You can eat it warm or cold. Try overnight oats.

blueberries-and-cherries

Blueberries and Cherries

Blueberries contain beta-carotene, lutein, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. The blue color comes from anthocyanin and they support  heart health. Now I wasn’t always a fan of blueberries unless it was in pancakes but since I don’t eat pancakes often I put them in pasta salad in place of olives. Don’t think ewww because often times blueberries do not have a strong taste. Cherries is one of my favorites. They are packed with anthocyanin too and help protect blood vessels. Cherries contain antioxidants.

 

Note this article does not take the place of doctors orders!

 

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