An important part of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle is in the diet that we keep. While the summer can bring many delicious fruits and vegetables that are only available during the warmer months of the year, it can be very easy for many of us to reach for unhealthy options like processed meats, fried foods or sugary treats. These foods can be fine in moderation, but often there are healthier options that can be just as delicious.
As we approach the upcoming August long weekend, we encourage you and your family to try some of these heart healthy foods at the cottage.
Heart Healthy Foods To Have At The Cottage
Looking for a red meat substitute to throw on the grill? Try fresh salmon. Salmon and other oily fish like sardines, tuna, herring and mackerel are rich in omega 3, which helps to reduce blood pressure and clotting.
Avocados are great for providing you with good fats and lots of fiber, which can help to reduce your cholesterol. The best part about avocados is that they’re very versatile! Add them to a salad, a burger, really anything that you think will go great with this delicious fruit.
Nuts (Almonds and Walnuts)
Instead of opting for a big bag of chips go to the local grocery store and opt for some nuts. Most nuts are low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. We recommend getting some walnuts or almonds to snack on, as they’re not only a handy treat but also a great to have with in salads and desserts.
Asparagus is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients which reduces the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is great to have over the BBQ grill with olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
Not only is pomegranate juice delicious, it’s also packed with antioxidants and is antihypertensive. Have it on it’s own or add it in with some other fruit juices, seltzer or cocktails.
Before heading up to the cottage many families tend to plan out their meals in advance. The traffic at the local stores can be overwhelming, so it can sometimes be better to avoid them for the first few days and just plan ahead. Looking for some summer heart healthy recipes that you can use this weekend? Don’t worry we have a bunch that you can use.
For more heart healthy recipes, check out the heart-healthy living section of our site.