Friday, August 7, 2009

The 10 Best foods for your Heart

Health.com did an article on the ten best foods for your heart.How do you measure up?

1. Oatmeal
Full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium, and fiber. A great way to start the day and keep you full!
2. Salmon
Full of lean protien and omega-3 fatty acids. A great meal in and of itself!
3. Avocado
Contains monounsaturated fat which lowers LDL cholestorol while increaseing HDL cholesterol. Try it in with cottage cheese, sliced on a sandwhich, chopped in a salad, or on crackers with hummus.
4. Olive Oil
Full of monounsaturated fats, it lowers bad LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing heart disease. Use it in salad dressings or in place of butter when cooking.
5. Nuts
A Great source of healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. They are a great snack, or taste great atop a salad.
6. Berries...all sorts!
Aside from tasting amazing, they are anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Eat plain, with yogurt, in a fruit salad, or on top of a whole grain cereal.
7. Legumes (Think lentils, black and kidney beans, & chickpeas)
These little delights are full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber. Add them to your salads, soups, or eat them plain.
8. Spinach
A great veggie containing; lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber. Toss some in a salad, add to a sandwhich, or wrap.
9.Flaxseed
A grain full of fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Sprinkle ground flaxseed on cereal or salads. Add a tbs to your cookies, bread, or pancakes. (Make sure it's ground, or else it will just pass right through ya!)
10. Soy
A lean protein that is low in cholesterol and fat. Try Soy beans on salad, soy milk, or edamame.

4 comments:

Nichole said...

I am so excited that I can actually say I regularly eat those ten things in my diet. Wow that is a first for me! Does that mean I will live to be 100. I hope not!

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