As the hardest-working muscle in the body, it’s important for the heart to stay as strong and healthy as possible. Following a heart-healthy diet will not only help reduce the risk of heart disease and keep your heart pumping strong, it will also aid in losing weight and keeping your waistline trim. Fortunately, there are plenty of wholesome and nutritious foods to choose from that are also flavorful and filling. Griswold Home Care of Wheat Ridge, a local non-medical home care agency, shares just a few of the many options available when it comes to maintaining a diet that’s beneficial to your heart.
- Fish. The omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout, herring and tuna are essential nutrients that aid in the prevention and management of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty cold-water fish at least twice a week, though fish oil supplements are also an option if you don’t like the taste of fish.
- Nuts. Rich in a variety of nutrients, small portions of healthy nuts like walnuts, cashews and almonds are great hunger-satisfying snack option.
- Fruit. Papayas, cantaloupe and citrus fruits likes oranges are full of fiber to help satiate hunger, as well as vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and magnesium – all of which are important for keeping your heart in good shape.
- Colorful veggies. Vitamin-packed orange, red and yellow vegetables like sweet peppers, acorn squash, sweet potatoes and carrots also contain plenty of fiber and carotenoids to give your heart a boost.
- Green veggies. Spinach, broccoli and asparagus are all excellent options in regard to nutrient content, and provide a variety of tastes and textures to enjoy. Spinach in particular is extremely versatile and can be added to a variety of different dishes.
- Oatmeal. If you struggle finding a healthy alternative to sugary pastries and other breakfast foods, consider adding oatmeal to your breakfast routine. Fruits like apples, strawberries or raisins can be added to give it a little sweetness, while a sprinkling of nuts can provide some crunch for this natural superfood.
- Dark chocolate. Think a balanced diet can’t include a sweet treat now and then? Think again! Dark chocolate actually has quite a few heart-healthy benefits, along with being delicious. Just be sure your chosen chocolate is at least 70% cocoa.
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At Griswold Home Care of Wheat Ridge, our role as a live-in home caregiver includes helping those we care for by guiding them in making smart dietary choices. Give us a call today at (303) 622-5585 to find out more about our other services.