The way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through their stomach. Quite literally. The foods we eat directly impact the health of our heart. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and arterial plaque buildup are results of making poor food choices. The good news about reaching our hearts through our stomach is that making the right food choices will increase heart health, and these 10 foods will do just that.
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are good sources of heart-healthy antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals essential for health). Fresh or frozen varieties are equally as good to increase heart health.
Pinto, navy, kidney and black beans are rich in heart-healthy fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and electrolytes.
Fresh broccoli that is steamed or roasted is a powerhouse of fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and electrolytes. Broccoli loses its nutritional value if it’s boiled or left in the fridge more than four day.
Tiny little chia seeds add a big plus to a heart-healthy meal. Packed with fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, electrolyte and unsaturated fats, add chia seeds to salads, stir-fry, rice dishes and turkey burgers to increase heart health.
Dark green with big leaves like kale, collard and mustard pack a nutritional punch when steamed until tender (not boiled). Dark greens contain heart healthy fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and electrolytes.
Wild salmon, rainbow trout and herring are 3 heart healthy fish choices that are low in contaminates and high in omega-3s, antioxidants and unsaturated fats.
Enjoy a small handful of nuts like almonds and walnuts each day as a snack or recipe topper to increase heart health with dose of fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, electrolytes and unsaturated fats. Leave the thin, papery skins on the nuts for even more heart-healthy phytonutrients.
Almost any form of oat will help lower cholesterol and keep you feeling fuller longer. Oats are also rich in fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and electrolytes.
The ‘healthy’ oil choice, olive oil is good to use for dressing salads, dipping bread and cooking. Olive oil contains antioxidants, phytonutrients and unsaturated fats.
Pomegranate juice has more antioxidant power than red wine, making it a heart-healthy alternative beverage for teetotalers or anyone else looking to increase heart health. In addition to antioxidants, pomegranate juice also contain phytonutrients and electrolytes.