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,

Claire

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PS By the way always check with your healthcare provider to make sure that any of the above suggestions don’t interfere with your healthcare program!