Heart Smart: Meals You Should Try for A Better Heart Balance

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Although there has been an increased focus on eating healthy foods over the past two decades, heart disease remains a leading cause of death among Americans which means most of us could still stand to make some changes to our diet that will keep our heart in good condition.
Heart Smart: Meals
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Here are some meals good for your heart and how to make them:

For breakfast try oatmeal, a dish of blueberries, and a glass of soy milk
Oatmeal is popular all over the world, from Sunshine Retirement senior housing options, to college campuses. Not only does it taste great, but it provides you with a strong mix of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and nutrients that will keep your heart happy. Blueberries are also a very heart-friendly fruit, owing to the nutrients and vitamins they provide. Soy Milk also will help to give your bones and muscles strength.

For lunch try a tuna salad, Gazpacho, almonds, an orange, and tea
Lunch is a good meal to absorb some extra calories so if you have quite a few almonds, relax, these nuts are quite healthy for your heart because of their Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and solid nutrients. Tuna is also strong in Omega-3 fatty acids. Gazpacho is a combination of tomatoes and red bell peppers. Both vegetables rank high on the list of foods that are healthy for your heart. Oranges are one of the top heart-healthy fruits. Finally, tea is a drink that contains flavonoids that are known to protect the heart.

For a snack try several squares of dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is a food that has long been shown to provide positive health benefits. It wasn't until recently, however, that it was accepted as a food that is good for your heart. Before you get too excited, remember that overeating chocolate can actually have negative health benefits, so be certain to eat moderate amounts.

For dinner try salmon, Carrots, Brown Rice Pilaf, a glass of red wine, and yogurt for dessert
It may sound strange to pair red wine with salmon, but both salmon and red wine are very good for your heart. The health results for wine are so strong that Argentina recently made red wine, specifically Malbec, their national drink. Salmon is the most heart-healthy food around according to WebMd because of its abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids. Carrots and Brown Rice are similarly helpful because of the specific fiber and nutrients that aid in helping the heart maintain its health and repair any problems that exist.

Overall, regardless of your age, constantly providing your body with the nutrients and fiber that it needs to maintain a healthy heart will extend your life and allow you to enjoy it more.

About the Author:
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information click here now or contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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