Our hearts are powerful and enable us to endure every workout and enjoy every bite we take. Most importantly, they are the key to the happiness that fills our days, months and years. “Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times,” according to NOVA online.
In honor of American Heart Month, let’s commit to caring for our hearts daily. WebMD has an excellent list of 25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods. The following are my favorites from the list: salmon, flaxseed, oatmeal, almonds, tofu, brown rice, tuna, blueberries, spinach, acorn squash and dark chocolate.
Show your heart how grateful you are for its hard work with these five simple recipes and food pairings. (As a bonus, your heart – and your taste buds – will really thank you because I have put a delicious The Laughing Cow twist on them!)
1. Start your morning off on the right “beat.”I have a bowl of gluten-free oatmeal and stir-fry tofu nearly every morning. It starts me off on the perfect note, and keeps me full for at least 3-4 hours.
a. Oatmeal: 1/2 c. oatmeal + 1 tbsp slivered almonds + 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg + topped with your choice of milk
b. Stir-fry tofu: 1/2 c. extra-firm tofu cubed + The Laughing Cow Light Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil + sea salt + pepper
2. Healthy Hearts Lunchin’. Lunch can be a busy time of the day, but it’s important not to skip it. Keep your energy levels even throughout the day by eating lunch instead of making a mid-afternoon trip to the vending machine for a candy bar. This is a favorite of mine that you can prepare the night before and heat up at work: 1 can tuna + 1/2 c. brown rice + spinach and topped with The Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle.
3. Healthy Hearts Indulge in #SnackJoy. The 3 p.m. slump may always be inevitable, but that’s OK with this favorite afternoon snack of mine: 1 c. of blueberries and a Mini Babybel Cheddar.
4. Finish the Day Strong. Dinner is likely to be the best meal of the day for you. I have a favorite meal where I combine salmon (grilled and sprinkled with lemon) and a side of my Acorn Squash Stuffed Quinoa and The Laughing Cow Blue Cheese. You can take a look at the full recipe here.
Best of all, end your day with a small piece of dark chocolate! WebMD states, “A truffle a day lowers blood pressure, but choose 70 percent or higher cocoa content.” Now that’s the heart-healthy fact we love to hear!
Do you have a favorite heart-healthy food? What is it?
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