These yummy, easy-to-make recipes are good for your heart!
When most people think about February, pictures of candy hearts and boxes of chocolate dance through their heads. But February isn’t just for romance, it’s also American Heart Month. “Phytonutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, lutein, fiber, carotenoids, protein, and vitamins C & E, [are all nutrients that contribute to heart health],” says Naples-based Nutritionist, Micki Kang. The best way to obtain these nutrients? Through whole, fresh foods. The recipes in this gallery are unique and delicious ways to reap the benefits of these heart-healthy nutrients. Click through to check them out!
Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Almonds, via Marinmamacooks.com
Acorn squash is rich in the phytonutrient beta-carotene which can lower the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, macular degeneration, and other age-related diseases. Almonds and other nuts are also heart-healthy in moderation, because they contain plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.”