February is National Heart Health Month. A thoughtful, nutritious diet can be a major contributing factor to heart health. Contrary to popular belief, a heart-healthy diet does not need to be flavorless or bland. Here’s some healthy foods and actionable ways to make them taste amazing.
Use lean meats instead of fattier cuts, and marinade them overnight to preserve tenderness and flavor.
Reduce overall salt content in your food by adding rich and flavorful spices to your cooking prep. Many herbs and spices contribute to heart health, like cayenne, garlic, ginger, and turmeric, as well as tasting delicious.
Instead of a milkshake or ice cream, enjoy a fruit smoothie blended with yogurt.
Increase whole grain consumption in your diet by enjoying oatmeal, granola, or muesli for breakfast. Whole grains are filling and full of nutrition. Consuming them regularly will give you lots of clean energy to start your day on the right foot.
Cook with heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil instead of highly processed canola oil.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with rich, heart-healthy dark chocolate.
Instead of soda, enjoy flavored seltzer water, ice cold water with lemon or lime, or a delicious tea or coffee. When consuming juice, choose high-quality products that are sourced from natural and organic ingredients.
Choose healthy meats like turkey when creating chili, burgers, or pasta. Using some the heart-health spices mentioned above will amplify the flavor and nutrition.
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