Shop with Your Heart in Mind
Our daily diet plays a critical role in our heart health. At Table to Table, we value the importance of fresh, nutritious food, especially fruits and vegetables. Afterall, our mission is to rescue and deliver excess nutritious food that would be otherwise wasted and deliver it to our hungry NJ neighbors.
So, in honor of National Heart Health Month, we’re sharing The Cleveland Clinic’s list of the top foods that can help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
- 12 Foods that are Good for Your Heart
- Fish: salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and trout—are high in omega-3s.
- Nuts: almonds or walnuts will satisfy your hunger and help your heart.
- Berries: blueberries, raspberries etc. are chock full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber.
- Seeds: flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and phytoestrogens to boost heart health. Chia seeds also provide omega 3, fiber and protein and can be eaten whole.
- Oats: the comfort-food nutrient powerhouse.
- Legumes: dried garbanzo, pinto, kidney, or black beans, are high in fiber, B-vitamins, minerals and more.
- Red wine: one 4-ounce glass can help improve good (HDL) cholesterol levels.
- Soy: edamame beans or marinated tofu can add oomph to a stir-fry with fresh veggies.
- Red, yellow and orange veggies: carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes and acorn squash are packed with carotenoids, fiber and vitamins to help your heart.
- Green veggies: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard/mustard greens and Bok choy are a must. And, broccoli and asparagus are filled with mighty nutrients such as vitamins C and E, potassium, folate, calcium and fiber.
- Fruits: oranges, cantaloupes and papaya are rich in beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
- Dark chocolate: fiber and protein increase with higher cocoa and the sugar decreases.
Before you leave the grocery store, pause, and be sure to check your shopping cart!
Source: Cleveland Clinic