If you are looking to increase your heart health this year, it may be as easy as changing up your diet just a bit and adding in foods you probably already love. Here are three great tasting heart healthy foods that can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Dig in!
Heart Healthy Foods
Oatmeal has been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol by as much as 67 percent in some people. Eat four servings a week to really get the full benefits of this high-in-fiber, low-in-fat food. You can eat it as oatmeal in a bowl, baked into low sodium and low sugar cookies, or even as an oatmeal bar. The options are plenty for increasing this in your diet the right way and reaping the benefits of whole grains.
Nuts of all kinds- almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, and so on- are saturated in good fats and those fats can help your heart work properly. Get some in your diet by adding them to morning oatmeal, packing a serving of them for a mid-morning snack, or adding them to a late night bowl of yogurt for a treat that is good tasting and good for you. To get the most benefits from these power-packed foods, try getting at least two servings a day.
Berries like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries lower inflammation, which can lower heart attack risks and heart disease rates. Eat at least two servings of berries a day to reduce your heart disease risks! Eat them with breakfast, in a lunchtime salad, or even alongside your nuts in a cup of frozen yogurt to really pack some heart healthy goodness into one low-fat, delicious snack that is sure to please your palate and body.
We hope you find these heart healthy foods tips useful. For more information visit the American Heart Association‘s website for tips on eating healthy and becoming physically active. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if you have any foods to add to the list!