February is American Heart Month! The purpose of this month is to raise awareness about heart health and teach about the different ways that you and those around you can prevent heart disease. In fact, there are many ways to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. One of the most impactful ways to do so is to eat foods that encourage a healthy heart. With that being said, we have compiled some heart-healthy recipes that you can try for American Heart Month!
Why Does it Matter What You Eat?
The first question you might have, is why does what you eat impact your heart? However, diet plays a huge part in your heart health and impacts things like blood pressure and cholesterol. There are a variety of different foods you can incorporate into your diet that have different benefits for factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. Some of these foods include leafy green vegetables, like spinach and kale, whole grains, and avocados, all of which help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Additionally, fatty fish like salmon, or fish oil for those who don’t like seafood, are high in omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce heart disease risk factors. Walnuts, beans, tomatoes, and seeds like chia seeds or flax seeds are among the many other heart-healthy foods. The question is — how can you incorporate these heart-healthy foods into your diet? Check out these recipes for inspiration.
If you typically crave take-out from your favorite Chinese restaurant after a long day of work, this is an easy and healthy replacement! Made in one pan, this recipe is quick and easy to make. It provides all of the flavor of your favorite fried rice from your local restaurant, but with more health benefits. Ingredients like kale and long-grain rice make this recipe heart-healthy and incredibly delicious.
Enjoy the spicy and tangy flavor of this salmon dish by Delish. This recipe for Sweet and Tangy Glazed Salmon with Orange-Almond Rice is bursting with flavor — and nutrition! Instead of eating a plain Jane salmon dish, you’ll definitely want to give this one a try. Sliced almonds and hot pepper jelly give this dish a crunch and a kick. The best part is, you’ll have what seems like a complicated recipe whipped up in just 25 minutes!
This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Burgers by Food52 is filling, flavorful, and a healthier option compared to a regular cheeseburger. The mixture of paprika, cumin, and chili gives this recipe a burst of flavor. Additionally, you can top the burgers off with a slice of avocado to incorporate some omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for your heart health!
Start the day off right with a Chicken Apple Egg White Omelet by the Healthy Foodie. If you’re craving a filling, savory, breakfast, this omelet will hit the spot. Using egg whites instead of the whole egg is beneficial for heart health because most of the cholesterol in an egg is found in the yolk. Instead of your typical cheesy omelet, the apple and chicken will fill it with flavor and protein.
There are plenty of ways to take steps towards improved heart health and to incorporate a heart-healthy lifestyle. Getting physical activity is beneficial, but so is incorporating heart-healthy foods into your diet. With these heart-healthy recipes, you’re consciously taking steps to improve your overall health. Share these recipes with friends and family members during American Heart Month to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of a healthy heart.
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