Eating for health may not sound very fun to some of us, but that’s because our taste buds are used to sugary, salty, and fatty foods. Fast foods, common snacks, and party foods (think pizza, burgers, and chips) all help push our taste buds toward liking more of the same. But, it just takes a bit of time to tweak your taste buds, and start appreciating healthier foods. Keep reading for some great foods to incorporate into your heart-healthy meals.
Salt and fat can contribute to complications with your heart. So, add flavor through another means. Spices and herbs help your food taste complex and delicious, without adding “no-no” ingredients.
Mild, tender black beans are packed with folate, antioxidants, and magnesium, which are all great for your heart. They can help lower blood pressure, in fact. The fiber in beans can help control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Beans can be added to many different meals, helping you feel full even when you’re eating salad or soups.
Salmon is often mentioned as being part of a healthy diet because it’s rich in omega-3s. These healthy fats may lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and even slow down inflammation. Just remember to look at where your fish is from. Mercury is a rising concern in many fish, especially those that eat other fish.
Tuna also boasts omega-3s and may be easier to incorporate into your diet, since many of us grew up with tuna fish sandwiches. Tuna can also be added to salads for added flavor and protein.
This oil is time-tested. Olive oil is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants which can protect your blood vessels. Use olive oil instead of butter on bread, and as a salad dressing with balsamic vinegar and a little salt and pepper. You can even cook with olive oil instead of butter.
Walnuts can lower your cholesterol and fight inflammation in your arteries. Walnuts are packed with omega-3s, healthy fats, and fiber.
We also offer diagnostic tests to help you understand where your heart health is. Then we can help you create a plan to improve your heart’s health. Are you interested in learning more about what you can do? Get in touch with us today by calling 928.537.6303.