Food For Heart Patients
fish high in omega-3s, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout A handful of
healthy nuts such as almonds or walnuts will satisfy your hunger and help your heart.
Berries are chock full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber. Try blueberries, strawberries, cranberries or raspberries in cereal or yogurt.
contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestogens to boost heart health. Take them in ground or milled form to reap the greatest benefit. Flaxseeds
Oatmeal: the comfort-food nutrient powerhouse.
Dark beans,such as kidney or black beans, are high in fiber, B-vitamins, minerals and other good stuff. Veggie chili, anyone? A 4-ounce glass of
red wine (up to two for men and one for women per day) can help improve good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Try marinated
tofu in a stir-fry with fresh veggies for a heart-healthy lunch or dinner. Red, yellow and orange
veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers and acorn squash are packed with carotenoids, fiber and vitamins to help your heart. Popeye was right –
spinach packs a punch! Use it in sandwiches and salads instead of lettuce
Fruits such as oranges, cantaloupes and papaya are rich in beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Tender, sweet
asparagus is filled with mighty nutrients such as beta-carotene, folate and fiber, and only provide 25 calories per cup, or 5 calories per large spear.
Tomatoes – even sun-dried varieties in winter months – provide lycopene, vitamin C and alpha- and beta-carotene.
Dark chocolate is good for your heart health, but just be sure that it’s at least 70 percent cocoa. Crisp, fresh
broccoli florets dipped in hummus are a terrific heart-healthy snack with a whopping list of nutrients, including vitamins C and E, potassium, folate, calcium and fiber.