In many cases, the word healthy and the word tasty don’t go together and this is probably the number one reason why more people don’t properly watch what they eat. However, you can find things that are both enjoyable to eat and healthy at the same time. Heart health is a major concern for people of all ages and adding some heart healthy foods to your diet is a good idea no matter what stage of life you’re currently in right now. Here are five foods that are good for your heart and that your taste buds won’t mind, either.
Heart Healthy Foods:
Oranges; yes, plain, old oranges are a heart healthy food. Perfect for breakfast or for a snack any time, oranges contain a fiber called pectin, which is a cholesterol fighter. A medium orange will typically have less than 70 calories and about three grams of fiber, so you’ll be well on your way to your daily allotment of fiber while eating this low calorie fruit. Oranges also contain the mineral potassium, proven to help control blood pressure.
Black beans are a quick addition to many meals and can be found in a lot of dishes at both counter service and sit down restaurants. Peruse the menus at Chipotle, Cozi or Chili’s among many others and you will find black beans as part of, or available for easy inclusion in, your meal. Don’t shy away because these tasty little guys pack a lot of healthy wallop including magnesium, antioxidants, fiber and folate which all help with cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well.
Blueberries are probably one of the best things you can ever eat given the list of beneficial nutrients that are all in these heart healthy berries. Along with anthocyanins that give them their color, potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C, ellagic acid and fiber can also be found in what some people would call a “super food.” Combine them with plain, low fat yogurt for breakfast or dessert and you add calcium and potassium as well.
Oatmeal, another great heart healthy food you can also add those great blueberries to as part of a very nutritious breakfast, will help lower the bad cholesterol, LDL. A nice, warm bowl of oatmeal will fill you up on a cool morning and keep you going for hours. Oatmeal will help keep your blood sugar level stable, which is not only heart healthy, but is good for those with diabetes as well. You can also add oats to your baking and make those blueberry muffins into blueberry oatmeal muffins and maximize the goodness.
Whether you’re someone who likes to drink or not, three drinks that can assist with your heart health are red wine, coffee and tea. The latter two will help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. A glass of red wine a day will add two antioxidants to your diet, resveratol and catechins as well as boosting the good cholesterol, HDL. Obviously, too much of anything, especially alcohol, is detrimental not helpful to your health, so always be sure to drink in moderation.
There will always be healthy items that people or doctors recommend that you’re sure to turn your nose up at; these items give you some tasty options while still providing excellent health benefits. Easily incorporated into your diet as part of a main meal or as a snack, heart healthy foods don’t all have to have the appeal of castor oil, so indulge!