Early RiserIn the morning, preparing a meal that does not involve cholesterol filled food is tough. Everyone loves bacon and eggs, but we suggest a meal high in fiber instead. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber which lowers cholesterol and acts as a sponge in the digestive tract. It naturally absorbs cholesterol before it enters the bloodstream. Avoid instant oatmeal and opt for a more natural brand with less additives. Whole grains are always a great way to start your day.
Very Berry Blueberries are a perfect mid-day snack. Not only do studies show this fruit is a natural antioxidant, but it can lower the risk of heart disease too! Antioxidants act as system flushers lowering blood pressure. If you or a loved one is blood pressure medication incorporate this as a midday snack. We love freezing blueberries for a delicious treat on a steaming Arizona day.
Sweet Citrus Luckily, citrus fruits are a joy to eat. Rich in flavonoids (found in oranges and grapefruits) lower the risk of stroke caused by blood clots. High in vitamin C citrus fruits improve the immune system and lower the risk of heart disease. Steer clear of orange juice with lots of additives like sugar.
Go FIsh Eating more fish is crucial to a heart healthy lifestyle! Salmon and fish that contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids lower your risk of heart disease combating irregular heart beats, plaque build up in the arteries and decrease triglycerides. Incorporate fish into your diet 1-2 times a week to get the nutrients you need to promote better aging!
Time For Dessert So ice cream is your weakness, and maybe the occasional chocolate bar, but what about the dark chocolate? Most people overlook the healthy attributes of dark chocolate simply because we've been told the terrible health effects of chocolate. Although milk chocolate loaded up with sugar is an express train to increased risk for heart disease, dark chocolate reduces nonfatal heart attacks and stroke. This can be deceiving as some of the more popular chocolate manufacturers might not stick the recommended 60-70% of natural cocoa in their recipe. Flavonoids found in blueberries as well lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of clotting and inflammation of arteries. If you love blueberries and chocolate opt for Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry.
Stick to Soy Another way to avoid dairy if you are allergic or simply want to incorporate a healthier substitute is soy products. High in good fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals soy lowers blood pressure and acts as a refined carbohydrate. Compared to milk, soy has more proteins and lowers the LDL or "bad cholesterol"
Po-ta-toes Don't opt for deep fried french fries, but sweet potatoes packed with vitamins and minerals. Rich in potassium, potatoes help to lower blood pressure reducing the risk of heart disease. Potatoes are commonly thought of as a "bad" carb but in fact contain refined carbohydrates. Finding delicious ways to prepare potatoes without deep frying them make this food a go-to for better heart health.
To-ma-toes Rich in potassium like potatoes, more and more Americans are finding tomatoes to be a go-to snack food. Also a great addition to any salad tomatoes contain antioxidant lycopene which helps rid the body of "bad" cholesterol. It also helps to keep blood vessels open to lower the risk of a heart attack. Seniors run the risk of heart attacks at a much higher rate than any other demographic. With the help of super foods your loved one can slow the aging process and enjoy dinnertime. Also, Arizona is a wonderful place to grow tomatoes as they require lots of sun and not a lot of upkeep!