In addition to exercising, eating well is the number one thing you can do to prevent heart disease. While burgers, fries, and pizza are all delicious, they’re probably not going to do anything to extend or enhance your life.
Anything you can do to incorporate healthy foods into your diet will help. Make sure to try to eat some of the following every day:
- Heart healthy fats (such as avocado, nuts, and olive oil)
- Lean meats and proteins (like beans, chicken, etc.)
- Whole grains
- Plenty of plain water
Make sure to avoid:
- Packaged foods
- High sodium
- Frozen, prepared meals
- Simple carbohydrates (such as chips, white bread, etc.)
- Sugary foods, including soda
- Anything that contains trans-fat or “partially hydrogenated” oil
Try some of the following:
Try this 30 minute turkey chili recipe. Instead of topping it with Fritos or cheese, common toppings, try some of the following:
- Diced tomato
- Greek yogurt
Grilled Shrimp, Avocado and Mango Lettuce Wraps
This very popular dish in Vietnam is very healthy for your heart! Dip in a peanut sauce for an extra special treat.
Instead of using sausage and beef, try making a vegetable lasagna. If you don’t like any of the ingredients, feel free to substitute with other vegetables like carrots or different kinds of mushrooms. In this delicious meal, meat is entirely optional.
White Bean Burgers
Instead of traditional beef burgers, start looking for some other options to use as patties. This delicious and feeling white bean burger is wonderful when topped with fresh veggies like avocado, lettuce, onion, and tomato!
Avocado-Chimichurri Steak with Grilled Asparagus
You don’t have to avoid ALL red meat, but choosing lean cuts will cut down on your saturated fat intake tremendously. This impressive meal also features many green vegetables!