3 Quick Additions to Boost your Heart Health

Between the foods you are told you should be eating and the foods you are told to avoid, eating heart healthy may seem overwhelming. However, we have a way to add a heart healthy kick to the meals you are already eating (no life-shattering changes required). Below are three examples of easy and quick additions to get you started:

  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as protein, fiber and calcium. Chia seeds help raise HDL cholesterol, also known as the “good” cholesterol, which helps protect your heart against heart attack and stroke, according to Medical News Today. Add these tiny seeds into yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies and more, for a nutty flavor and a punch of heart health.
  • Shredded spinach. Spinach has just about everything your heart needs; it’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber. Spinach is also rich in folate. Folate is an important B vitamin that helps build and maintain healthy cells, such as red blood cells, that are essential for heart health, according to Everyday Health. Chop up some spinach leaves and sprinkle them over a casserole or soup, or add to a wrap or sandwich for an extra heart healthy boost.
  • Chopped walnuts. Walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants, which help fight cardiovascular disease. Chopped walnuts are the only tree nut that contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which keeps the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) down. Walnuts are also a great source of protein and fiber that can be thrown on top of a salad, yogurt, or even your favorite dessert.

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