This is a busy month – February is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day is two days away! Your heart is essential for life so taking care of it by exercising and eating nutritious foods is a must. Since love is in the air, let’s talk about some of the best foods to eat for your ticker:
Fish – including halibut, mackerel, salmon, tuna, sardines, bluefish
Oils – including olive, flaxseed, canola, peanut, sesame, vegetable
Nuts + Seeds – including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, chia seeds
Veggies –including avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, potatoes, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, collard greens, zucchini
Whole Grains – including whole wheat, oats, brown rice, quinoa, corn, millet
Legumes – beans, lentils, peas
Whole Soy Foods – including tofu, edamame
Fruit – berries, pomegranate, citrus fruits, tomatoes
Beverages – red wine, green tea, coffee
Sweets – dark chocolate
Foods are thought of as healthy for the heart when they contain high amounts of the following nutrients:
Fiber – can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and blood pressure
Monounsaturated Fats – lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol, can potentially raise your good “HDL” cholesterol
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – have an anti-clotting effect, so they keep your blood flowing, lower blood pressure, and also lower triglycerides
Antioxidants – can mop up damage-causing free radicals in your body
Potassium – can lower blood pressure
Flavonoids – can help lower your blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart
Resveratrol – can help keep platelets in your blood from sticking together
Now that you’re armed with this information, hit up your grocery store and get cooking with these powerful and nutritious foods! You get bonus points for including a workout in there too!
Happy Valentines Day!
Laissez les bons temps roulez et bonne santé,
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