February is Heart Health Month! Celebrate this month right with these healthy foods and recipes to help keep your heart at its best.
Oily fish like salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to be beneficial for our heart health. The American Heart Association recommends eating 1 to 2 seafood meals per week. Try my Nut-Crusted Salmon recipe topped with heart-healthy walnuts or other nuts of your choice!
Chickpeas and other legumes are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamins––supporting heart health and decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease. Did you know you can even grow your own chickpeas? Try blending up my easy hummus recipe featuring fresh chickpeas and peanut butter for a creamy, nutty flavor. No tahini needed!
Oats are an ingredient that have been in the heart-health spotlight for a while. Research continues to show cholesterol lowering effects of this fiber-rich food, promoting cardiovascular health. Try my Quinoa Crunch Granola featuring rolled oats, nuts, and add-ins of your choice!
Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions such as large waistline, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high triglycerides, and insulin resistance that increase the risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Recent research has shown a relationship between low-fat yogurt consumption and a reduced risk for metabolic syndrome. Try making my customizable yogurt parfait filled with protein-packed, low-fat greek yogurt! As a bonus, it’s topped with my quinoa crunch granola made with rolled oats and customizable add-ins.
Cocoa naturally contains high levels of flavanols. These compounds have been linked to lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol, and anti-inflammatory effects. However, highly processed chocolates may cause it to lose these beneficial properties. Instead of grabbing for your typical candy bar, combine cocoa powder and coconut oil in my Cocoa Crunch Bark recipe for an instant, healthy chocolate fix! Sprinkle with coconut flakes, dried fruit, or other toppings of your choice!
Make heart-healthy, cheerful food choices this month and everyday! Check out my blog for more healthy recipes.