The American Heart Association recommends having these ten heart healthy foods around the house – not just during American Heart Month, but year-round.
Heart-healthy nuts, like almonds and walnuts (other sources of Omega-3s), lower the levels of total cholesterol and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
Kale, spinach and watercress provide fiber, antioxidants (which prevent or delay cell damage), vitamins and minerals, which contribute to heart health.
Pasta, breads and crackers made with whole wheat flour provide more fiber than white flour and are more filling.
A tasty and heart-healthy alternative to butter, this oil promotes healthy cholesterol levels.
This versatile fruit is high in antioxidants and can be added to nearly any dish (think salads, pastas, eggs and sandwiches).
Heart-healthy fish, like salmon and tuna, are high in “Omega-3s,” which have consistently been proven to benefit the heart — ideally, choose wild caught fish over farmed or frozen to get the most health benefits.
This fruit is high in antioxidants, as well as phytochemicals, which have anti-inflammatory effects that are beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
Berries are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Plan to buy them seasonally to ensure they are at peak flavor.
Canned or dried, beans are high in fiber, fat free and rich in calcium, iron and protein.
This grain is high in protein and fiber. (It’s tasty and easy to cook, just like white rice.)