American Heart Month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start cooking heart healthy meals. Try to follow these rules and you’ll be on your way to a healthier heart:
Keep added fats to a minimum and try to make them heart healthy. That means olive or canola oil instead of butter or margarine.
Choose mostly lean proteins like chicken, turkey, fish or eggs.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. At least 5-7 servings each day. They’re high in fiber and can lower your cholesterol.
Eat fish at least twice each week. It’s great for your blood pressure.
Incorporate a few meatless meals each week that feature legumes and whole grains with vegetables.
To limit sodium, cook from scratch rather than using packaged foods and go easy on the saltshaker.
Here are a few recipes that follow most or all of these rules, to help you get started!
Do you try to eat Heart Healthy? If you have any questions about a heart healthy diet, just ask!