Foods for a Healthy Heart

Foods for a Healthy Heart

Heart patients are often given a list of the foods they can no longer eat. As that list contains many favorite foods, it can be depressing. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s take a look at the positive. Here are healthy foods you can enjoy.

Avocados: Fat cravings are part of the human experience. Finding a healthy fat to satisfy that craving is a bit harder. Avocadoes contain monounsaturated fat, which is heart healthy. If you’re worried that all fats are now forbidden, don’t be. Fat soluble vitamins can only be absorbed if fat has also been ingested. It doesn’t come from fat cells already in the body, mores’ the pity.

Grass Fed Beef: What a cow eats plays a large role in how healthy it is when it hits the dinner plate. According to Dr. Novy, a local vet who raises this type of cattle, grass fed beef contains the same amount of Omega-3 fatty acids as a similar sized piece of salmon. Beef is back on the menu.

Mashed potatoes: True, using butter and sour cream may be out, but chicken broth can be used to replace them. The best broth is that made at home, as it will have lower sodium levels than the store bought variety.

Nuts: Most nuts contain heart healthy fats. So do many seeds. They also have a lot of flavor. If you can, purchase the kind still in the shell. These will have less sodium added than those in the cans and bottles at the market.

Red Wine: Please note: This is to be used in moderation. However, a glass or two of red wine can provide antioxidants. Check with your cardiologist to see if this will be beneficial and to make sure there are no interactions to worry about.

Salmon: This cold water fish contains the above mentioned Omega-3 fatty acids. My favorite way to prepare salmon is to smoke it with hickory chips. No seasonings required.

As you can see, there are things you can eat that taste good. For more information, ask your doctor or cardiologist to refer you to a nutritionist. You can let him or her know you have the list of forbidden foods and would like to concentrate on what you can have. They will be happy to help.

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