Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans? While two of the risk factors may be out of our control (age and family history) the rest is completely up to you. What you eat can have a major effect on your heart! Here are my tips for eating for a healthy heart:
Eat mostly Veggies: Stick with real, local, whole, and unprocessed fruits and vegetables to improve blood flow, and therefore, lower blood pressure.
Limit Unhealthy Fats: Eat monounsaturated, omega 3’s and unrefined unsaturated fats from olive, canola and coconut oils, nuts, seeds and cold-water fatty fish. Avoid hydrogenated fats, which raise the ‘bad’ LDL, lowers the ‘good’ HDL, causes inflammation and decreases immune function.
Pump up the Fiber: Whole grains have been proven to lower total blood cholesterol. Choose quinoa, millet and brown rice. Ditch refined carbs and sugars!
Get Magnesium-rich: From your daily dose of cacao. Yes, cheers to a healthy chocolate addiction! The darker, the better.
Drink to this: Green tea for its antioxidants and red wine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. A glass a day!
Check out my recipe created specially for a heart-healthy event at DEFINE this month. It’s oozy, gooey and it’s good for your heart. Loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, this cake is a rich source of antioxidants from both the beets and the cacao, has anti-inflammatory qualities and promotes a healthy heart and blood flow. And the best part about it? If I had not mentioned any of those awesome benefits, or if I had not mentioned the word ‘beets’ in the recipe title, you would have absolutely NO idea this cake is that good for you. So, feast your eyes on this, try it out and indulge!