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Heart Healthy Meals Roundup

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

Rainbow Chicken Salad|Pinch of Yum
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

Avocado Quinoa Cakes|Craving Something Healthy
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

Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebabs|Skinny Taste
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

Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks|Kalyns Kitchen
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

Heart Smart Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup|Craving Something Healthy
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

Mustard Glazed Salmon with Lentils|Martha Stewart
Mustard Glazed Salmon with Lentils|Martha Stewart

Light Chicken Mushroom Stew with Gnocchi|Craving Something Healthy

Light Chicken Mushroom Stew|Craving Something Healthy
Light Chicken Mushroom Stew|Craving Something Healthy

Do you try to eat Heart Healthy?  If you have any questions about a heart healthy diet, just ask!

Eat well!

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2 Comments

  1. All of these look wonderful! I just completed a 5 week “Anti Inflammation Diet” course and learned so much about what I thought, was healthy eating. I was not eating enough veggies – rule of thumb: 2/3 plate veggies and fruit, 1/3 grains and proteins. I’m excited to try the Quinoa Avocado cakes!
    Kathi

    1. Hope you like them! And yes, that 2/3 rule is great if you can do it. At least 1/2 plate of fruits and veggies is a good goal.

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