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!
Rainbow Chicken Salad|Pinch of Yum
Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins|Half Baked Harvest
Thai Style Crispy Corn Fritters|Jilly Inspired
Lentil Sloppy Joes|Whole Foods Market
Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon Mustard Pan Sauce|Kalyns Kitchen
Avocado Quinoa Cakes|Craving Something Healthy
Delicata Squash Stuffed With Quinoa|My Healthy Eating Habits
Quinoa Veggie Burger|Eating Well
Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa|The Cookie Rookie
Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebabs|Skinny Taste
Quinoa Mushroom Soup|Eating Well
Chopped Power Salad with Baked Tofu and Almond Miso Dressing|Oh My Veggies
Lemon Chicken Piccata|Cooking Light
Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks|Kalyns Kitchen
Slow Cooker Chipotle Style Black Beans|Jeanettes Healthy Living
Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad|Eating Well
Heart Smart Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup|Craving Something Healthy
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Avocado Feta Sandwich|Two Peas and Their Pod
Chickpeas and Dumplings|Oh My Veggies
Mustard Glazed Salmon with Lentils|Martha Stewart
Light Chicken Mushroom Stew with Gnocchi|Craving Something Healthy
Do you try to eat Heart Healthy? If you have any questions about a heart healthy diet, just ask!