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5 Heart Healthy Dinners

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)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • 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:

Turkey Chili

Try this 30 minute turkey chili recipe. Instead of topping it with Fritos or cheese, common toppings, try some of the following:

  • Diced tomato
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Greek yogurt
  • Chives

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.

Vegetable Lasagna

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!


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