Healthy Foods for a Healthy Heart

 Greasy Hamburger and FriesHaving a glass of red wine each day is a common enough way to help your heart. Many people have heard of this habit, but the benefits of a single glass of red wine can be easily out weighed by what we consume during the day. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States and the root cause of it is what we eat. Fast food and over eating are the constant companions of Americans every day. It is easy to be mentally lax about food when kids, stress, work, and life begin to overwhelm us. Part of the problem is that many people do not know what foods are healthy for their hearts, so they eat whatever works for them. Below are several foods that are all about keeping the heart healthy, happy, and pumping for a long time.

Salt and pepper are the two most used seasonings in cooking, but too much salt is terrible for your body, especially the heart. Instead of flavoring your food with as much salt as you want, try using fresh herbs you can buy at the grocery store. Rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano are just a few of the many you can get. They have amazing flavors, and can improve dishes you have been making for years with their unique taste. If you do not want to pay for fresh herbs each week, stock up on dried herbs to use in your cooking. Their flavor does not pop out in the palate as much, but the dried containers will keep your foods tasty for a much longer period of time if budget is an issue. A great way to use those herbs is to cook them with salmon wrapped up in aluminum foil. You will get amazing flavors from the herbs and salmon, packed with Omega-3s, is a great way to lower blood pressure.

Black beans, are a fantastic addition to any dish. Sneaking them into soup, salad, or any Mexican dish is simple with their mild flavor. They have plenty of antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium, which can help individuals with high blood pressure. Fiber aids digestion as well so if you suffer from heartburn, try switching over to black beans instead of pinto or re-fried beans. 

Most people do not want to constantly think about what they are eating every day. One of the best habits to get into is to drink an early morning smoothie. This is a fantastic way to get a big group of heart boosting foods into your system at once. Yogurt, almonds, blueberries, cherries, and flaxseed can be thrown into a smoothie quickly each morning. When you go to the grocery store simply stock up weekly on these items, plus your favorite fruit, and in less than five minutes you can start your day off right. These are just a few of the foods that aid the heart. They are all located at every grocery store, and most of them go on sale depending on the season. Keep a look out in your store ads so you know which ones to stock up on, but none of these are going to break the bank on your budget. There is no excuse to neglect your heart, and with a good diet and a little exercise, you live a happy life full of energy.

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