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Your email address will not be published.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
Apr
21
Mon
Kickoff Party at The Lunch Room,...
Kickoff Party at The Lunch Room,...
Apr 21 @ 10:30 pm – 1:00 am
Come and celebrate Ann Arbor’s second Veg Week! Featuring vegan scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages with entertainment by the Violin Monster. Read more ›
Apr
24
Thu
The Ghosts in Our Machine – Film @ Ann Arbor District Library: Downtown Library,
The Ghosts in Our Machine – Film @ Ann Arbor District Library: Downtown Library,
Apr 24 @ 11:00 pm – 1:00 am
This multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our Read more ›
Apr
25
Fri
Our Daily Bread @ Congretional Church of Birmingham
Our Daily Bread @ Congretional Church of Birmingham
Apr 25 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am
Our Daily Bread: This film offers a shocking look at how food is produced and how food production companies use technology to Read more ›
Apr
26
Sat
Training on a Vegan Diet @ A2 Fitness Professionals, Ste 130
Training on a Vegan Diet @ A2 Fitness Professionals, Ste 130
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Demond Johnson, AFAA, AFPA, IFA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and owner of A2 Fitness Professionals will present an informative and interactive session Read more ›
Apr
27
Sun
The New Food Philosopy for Health @ 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Fahs Chapel
The New Food Philosopy for Health @ 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Fahs Chapel
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Join Paul Krause, VegMichigan President and pharmacist, as he discusses making food choices for optimum health.
Apr
29
Tue
Ann Arbor Dinner @ Seva
Ann Arbor Dinner @ Seva
Apr 29 @ 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
Seva has moved to Westgate and they will set aside a private room for us (currently under construction). Join us for a Read more ›
The New Food Philosophy for Health @ Allen Park Library
The New Food Philosophy for Health @ Allen Park Library
Apr 29 @ 11:30 pm – 1:00 am
Join Paul Krause, VegMichigan President and pharmacist, as he discusses making food choices for optimum health.
Apr
30
Wed
Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., A... @ Nicola's Books,
Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., A... @ Nicola's Books,
Apr 30 @ 12:00 am
Dr. Esselstyn, who was featured in the widely acclaimed film Forks Over Knives, will discuss the results of his groundbreaking 20-year nutritional Read more ›
May
1
Thu
VegMichigan’s Metro Detroit Libr... @ Library Display at St. Clair Shores Public Library
VegMichigan’s Metro Detroit Libr... @ Library Display at St. Clair Shores Public Library
May 1 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Please check out our library display located at the St. Clair Shores Public Library at 22500 E 11 Mile Rd., St. Clair Read more ›
May
7
Wed
VegMichigan Presents Veg 101 @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
VegMichigan Presents Veg 101 @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
May 7 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
VegMichigan Presents Veg 101 @ 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 ›

View Calendar