When it comes to eating in a manner that increases your health, some foods serve dual purposes. For instance, carrots are known to be good for your eyes and cranberries help support urinary tract health. But what about your heart? What foods are good for this one organ that you simply cannot live without?
Here are a few to consider:
Salmon – Salmon is great as a main dish filet or even atop a bed of greens. Lemon pepper is a great seasoning choice and, if you prefer garlic, use the real stuff or garlic powder as garlic salt is high in sodium.
Tuna – Mix tuna with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil (which is also good for your heart, by the way) and black pepper and you’ve got the fixings for a yummy sandwich. Banana peppers or pickles are good on it too. You can also just spoon it on a bed of lettuce if you want to lower your carbs.
Tofu – If you’re a vegetarian, and even if you’re not, tofu is a great heart-healthy food alternative that goes well in just about any soup or other dish as it picks up the flavors of whatever herbs or spices you cook it with.
Black beans – Put them in your favorite soup or mix them with lettuce and tomatoes for a salad that satisfies. Just be sure to rinse them off first so that you remove all of the sodium from being canned or jarred.
Nuts – Grab a handful of walnuts or almonds as a snack, or chop them up and put them in your salad as they work great either way. Both are great for your heart and taste good too!
Add these types of foods to your diet and it will do your heart good. What are your favorite heart-healthy foods?