Whether it's sweating it out in the gym or counting calories, the things we do for our health aren’t always fun. But if you associate rice cakes and fat-free “butter” with heart health, you may start thinking about it differently. Keep reading to learn about some tasty foods that are also heart-healthy.
Get Your Heart Set on a Good Breakfast
Don’t squander the most important meal of the day on greasy doughnuts when healthier foods taste just as good. Eating oatmeal, for instance, doesn’t have to be the grueling task you remember it was as a kid. The adult oatmeal is hardy, delicious steel-cut oats, cooked low and slow overnight. Even better, the soluble fiber in oatmeal lowers LDL cholesterol (that’s the bad kind), contributing to heart health.
Sprinkle some flaxseed on your oatmeal for a tasty crunch as well as some fiber and protein that will do your heart good.
Don't want to start the day with oatmeal? Have some avocado toast. The type of fat in avocados —monounsaturated — is good for your heart, according to the American Heart Association.
Dine to Your Heart’s Delight
Dinner can be as delicious and heart-healthy as breakfast. Skip the greasy fish and chips and have some salmon and baked potato instead. Salmon has a substantial amount of omega 3s, which are good for your heart. Potatoes are nutritional powerhouses, too. They contain potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and contributes to heart health.
Forego the cheeseburger and have a bowl of bean chili or soup instead. Beans are not only delicious, but they're just what the heart doctor ordered, with lots of fiber, magnesium and other good-for-you nutrients.
Take heart: Foods that are good for you can also be good tasting. Try out some of those heart-healthy foods to treat your taste buds and your heart.