Top 5 Meatless Foods for Heart Health

Diets low in unhealthy fats (like trans and saturated fats) and high in produce and whole grains have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of chronic, preventable illnesses like heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. An easy way to jumpstart a heart-healthy diet is with a Meatless Monday. By cutting out meat you not only reduce the saturated fat on your plate, you also make more room for nutritious fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains.

Some foods go even further, offering an additional antioxidant boost that will keep you from ever missing a beat! Here are a list of top five foods for heart health that you can enjoy this Monday, courtesy of MeatlessMonday.com:

Oatmeal: The fiber in this breakfast favorite will not only keep you full, but can also lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Add flavor and vitamins in a snap by pairing oatmeal with plums, bananas or another favorite fruit.

Spinach: This leafy green makes it easy to get a dose of luetin, folate, potassium and fiber! Spinach can easily sneak in with your salad, be cooked up as a side or take a starring role in any meal.

Avocado: Often ignored outside of guacamole, the avocado is an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and brings a rich, creamy texture to sandwiches and spreads.

Soy: Low in saturated fat and packed with protein, soy can satisfy your hunger without hurting your heart. When choosing soy products opt for natural sources without added salt, like edamame, tempeh or organic tofu.

Berries: No matter the variety, berries are chocked full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce you risk of heart disease. Blueberries and blackberries are especially good for vascular health as they contain additional antioxidants (causing their darker hue).

For more Meatless Monday tips, visit: MeatlessMonday.com

http://www.madejustright.com/top-5-meatless-foods-for-heart-health/ 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Upcoming Events
Nov
1
Sat
all-day Downriver Library Display @ Taylor Community Library Display
Downriver Library Display @ Taylor Community Library Display
Nov 1 all-day
Please check out our library display at the Taylor Community Library, 12303 Pardee, Taylor, Mi. 48180. Please contact Theresa Powers at 734 Read more ›
all-day Metro Detroit Library Display @ Blair Memorial Library Display
Metro Detroit Library Display @ Blair Memorial Library Display
Nov 1 all-day
Please check out our library display at Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St., Clawson, Mi. 48017. Please call Jenni at 248 Read more ›
Nov
2
Sun
6:00 pm VegMichigan Greater Lansing Vega... @ Clerical Technical Union - MSU
VegMichigan Greater Lansing Vega... @ Clerical Technical Union - MSU
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come and enjoy this vegan potluck at the Clerical Technical Union (Conference Room) located at the Northeast corner of Hagadorn and Lake Lansing Roads.  We Read more ›
Nov
4
Tue
7:00 pm VegMichigan’s Vegan 101 Cooking ... @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
VegMichigan’s Vegan 101 Cooking ... @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
VegMichigan's Vegan 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Rochester Hills | Michigan | United States
Whole Foods Cooking Class Photo 1 Please join VegMichigan for this fun and informative cooking class. Attendees will learn the nutritional aspects Read more ›
Nov
8
Sat
5:00 pm VegMichigan Dinner Club @ Buddy's Pizza
VegMichigan Dinner Club @ Buddy's Pizza
Nov 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm ~ VegMichigan Dinner at Buddy’s Pizza at 31646 Northwestern Hwy in Farmington Hills.  Buddy’s Pizza offers several vegan Read more ›

View Calendar