Treat your heart well by eating...chocolate? Yep, it’s true -- as long as it’s dark. Here are some more delicious ideas to keep you (and your heart) happy and healthy.
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Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help with heart health by lowering triglyceride levels (fat deposits), slowing the growth rate of your atherosclerotic plaque (the buildup in your arteries) and lowering blood pressure. Omega-3s also decreases your risk of arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).
Maple Salmon Over Nutty Couscous >
Grilled Salmon With Thyme and Parsley Sauce >
Tofu and Soy
Research has shown that soy and soy protein (found in tofu) can lower total cholesterol levels by as much as 30 percent and can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels anywhere from 35 to 40 percent. It also can reduce triglyceride levels. And like salmon, tofu is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Seasoned Tofu >
Simply Soy Stir-Fry >
One cup of avocado has 23 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate, which has been shown to lower the incidence of heart disease. It’s also full of monounsaturated fat and can help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, while raising the amount of HDL (good cholesterol) in your body. Just one more reason to order the guacamole (not that you needed one!).
Avocado Salad >
Sweet potatoes can help regulate blood sugar levels, and they’re a good source of fiber too -- which helps fight heart disease. Translation: These guys are great any time of the year (not just on holidays).
Spiced Sweet Potato Fries >
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes >