We all know that what we eat affects the health of our heart, but many of us may not know exactly what foods help accomplish that. Since February is American Heart Month, I am focusing on some fun tips to help you eat your way to a happy heart, but remember: This is not your doctor talking! If you have, or suspect you have a heart problem, please talk to your doctor directly before changing your diet or life-style.Expert advice for good heart health includes regular exercise, keeping stress levels at bay, no smoking, of course, and just as importantly, a variety of delicious, heart-healthy foods that you can add to your daily menu. Here’s what the experts say:Eat Fish! Mounting evidence suggests that adding oily fish to your diet can benefit heart health. The essential omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA found in fish, are keys to a healthy heart (and brain and nervous system!) Best fish to add: Salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, and lake trout. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings per week. If fish is not your thing, check with your doctor about adding fish oil or essential fatty acid supplements. Here is a delicious recipe for Salmon with Caramelized Cherries.Eat Fruits and Veggies! Absolutely packed with good-for-your-heart stuff like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Adding just one extra serving a day can give your heart a real boost! Be sure to fill half your plate with colorful veggies (think kale, broccoli, yams, red and yellow bell peppers, berries, mango, papaya, etc.). Go for what’s fresh and in season. I’m a big fan of organic when possible! And don’t forget there are dried fruits, bottled juices, frozen berries and veggies, applesauce, all-fruit jams, and vegetable juices, too. Remember: Don’t over-cook your veggies. Whether you sauté or steam, keep them crisp-tender to help retain nutrients. Get your kale quota in this Butternut Squash and Kale Salad, and bliss out on berries with this recipe for Raw Berry Crisp.
Here's to Your Heart!
February is American Heart Month and we’re sharing some tips for eating your way to a happy heart.