Heart Healthy Food: Bonus List
We couldn't just stop at five, so here's a list of 10 more heart healthy foods that you should make a part of your weekly diet plan.
- Tofu -- Add this to your meal instead of chicken to give you some niacin, folate, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Slice it thin, marinate it and grill it for maximum flavor.
- Flaxseed -- This isn't something you'll want to eat by itself, but it goes great in muffins, cereal, cookies and on top of a salad. More omega-3s here, along with loads of fiber.
- Soy Milk -- Keep this in your fridge to add to your morning coffee or cereal. You'll get falvonoids, B-complex vitamins, folate, calcium, potassium, magnesium and niacin.
- Blueberries -- These go great in cereal, pancakes, smoothies and all by themselves. They're packed with beta-carotene, antioxidants, folate, vitamin C, calcium, fiber, potassium and magnesium.
- Carrots -- Bugs Bunny was on the money here. Carrots contain fiber and Alpha-carotene, a carotenoid that helps enhance your immune system.
- Spinach -- Popeye was right about this one. This leafy green in your salad will give you folate, B-complex vitamins, carotenoids, calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium.
- Broccoli -- Best if eaten raw or lightly steamed, this green veggie gives you Vitamins C and E, calcium, folate, fiber and beta-carotene.
- Peppers -- Easy to add to most any meal or casserole, peppers are stuffed with beta-carotene, carotenoids, folate, potassium, fiber and B-complex vitamins.
- Sweet Potato -- Nothing beats mashed sweet potatoes. Not only are they delicious, but they're a great source of beta-carotene, fiber and Vitamins A, C and E.
- Asparagus - You may have to hold your nose when you pee later, but eat this green veggie spear to add beta-carotene, carotenoids, fiber, folate and B-complex vitamins.
More Great Links
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