We live in a world where convenience trumps home-cooked meals and quality ingredients. The food choices that we make in our daily lives (good or bad) affect the health of our hearts, the ability to control our appetite and the amount of energy we have. Keep your heart healthy by making quality food choices for yourself and your family. From leafy greens and nuts to fish and berries, learn more about which foods are best for your heart.
Watermelon is a low-calorie, high fiber snack that can satisfy any sweet tooth. Aside from being a quality source of antioxidants, watermelon is packed full of lycopene, which is linked to lowering risk of cancer and heart disease. Watermelon also contains citrulline, which improves the health of blood vessels! Not to mention, watermelon is also a source of vitamins C and A, potassium and magnesium.
There are a convenient snack and delicious on salads, not to mention they help the heart function by boosting healthy omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Eating two ounces of walnuts a day lowers your risk for heart disease.
Like watermelon, tomatoes are a healthy dose of lycopene and vitamin C. Vitamin C works similar to an antioxidant by protecting your cells from any damage. To get the most out of your tomatoes, try making your own tomato sauce with fresh or canned tomatoes.
Avocados are packed full of unsaturated fats, vitamin C, fiber and potassium, a mineral that helps regulate healthy blood pressure. Aside from those wonder properties, avocados also contain carotenoids, which is associated with decreasing death from cardiovascular disease.
Honorable Mentions: Quinoa, Yogurt, Salmon, Peas, Oatmeal.