It’s February, so what better time than this month to start adding in the best foods for heart health than now?! It’s American Heart Health Month, and since heart disease makes up nearly a third of all deaths worldwide, let’s do ALL we can to make our hearts healthier!
Last week we discussed heart healthy exercise and this week we will look at the best foods for heart health. Add these to your diet now, to help promote healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels… all will help you have a healthy heart in the future! And to make it even easier to eat more heart healthy foods, join my 10-Week Whole Body Plan! My customizable eating plan includes these foods, so you can treat your heart right while enjoying delicious and healthy meals! Start your free trial today!
Maximize your diet with these six best foods for heart health:
- Extra virgin olive oil. The fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated, and the healthiest type your can give to your body. Monounsaturated fats promote heart health and can help lower the risk of heart attacks and heart disease.
- Green Tea. Green tea provides EGCG, a polyphenol that may help to lower cholesterol and fight inflammation. More good news: There are so many varieties to choose from when it comes to green tea, you would be amazed! Visit a local tea shop, and try adding a cup to your morning meal or afternoon snack.
- Salmon (or other sources of omega-3 fatty acids). Omega-3s can help to protect against heart attack, stroke and diseases linked to inflammation. I try to eat salmon at least once a week, always buy eggs that are omega-3 enriched, and – of course – snack on walnuts! All are good sources of omega-3s.
- Garlic. It has been shown to help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, so use it liberally in your cooking!
- Leafy greens. Kale and spinach are staples in my kitchen, and for good reason: not only are they highly nutritious, they provide vitamin K and nitrates, which can help reduce blood pressure and improve arterial function. So eat up more dark leafy greens for your heart!
- Grapes. The fruit, seeds, skin and juice of this fruit can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Grapes are rich in polyphenols which can help deter atherosclerosis, lower blood pressure and more. The darker skin varieties have more polyphenol benefits, so add red or purple grapes to your grocery list.