Take control of your health by eating a heart healthy diet every day. Protect your heart by eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, oats, omega 3’s and fish.
Eat Steel Cut Oats or Groats for a Heart Healthy Diet
Regular oat meal is steamed and rolled until all of the nutrients are processed out of it. Do not eat rolled oats or instant oats. To protect your heart, you should be eating steel cut oats or whole oats (groats). Steel cut oats are a whole oat that is sliced up. It normally takes thirty to sixty minutes to cook oats that are healthy for you. Cook a large pot at the beginning of the week so that you can easily serve yourself healthy oats all week long.
Eat Foods High in Omega 3’s for a Heart Healthy Diet
Omega 3’s are an important nutrient for your heart. Eat foods such as wild caught salmon, mackerel, tuna and flax seed to get Omega 3 oils naturally. Wild caught salmon has a higher amount of Omega 3 oils than farm raised salmon.
Eat Vegetables and Fruit for a Heart Healthy Diet
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits every day to keep your heart healthy. Each meal should consist of 50% vegetables. Eat fruit as snacks in between meals. Healthy vegetables include spinach, kale, collard greens, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. Fruits that are healthy for your heart include: blueberries, goji berries, acai berries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe and apples.
Eat Nuts and Seeds for a Heart Healthy Diet
Walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds are very beneficial to your overall health and your heart. If it is possible, you should eat raw walnuts, raw almonds and raw sunflower seeds that are not salted, roasted or flavored. There are nutrients in sunflowers that cannot be found in other foods, sprinkle some on your salad every night.
Eat Fish for a Heart Healthy Diet
It is very important to eat fish at least three times per week. Wild caught salmon is the best fish that you can eat, but there are also other excellent fish that you can eat to protect your heart such as halibut.
Super foods such as turkey and yogurt are also healthy to eat for your heart. Both are low in fat and high in nutrients.
Heart disease is a much more dangerous than many people think. Protect your heart by eating healthy and being active physically and in your community every day.
The Mayo Clinic