Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Lower your risk by adopting a heart-healthy diet full of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy.
Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa
This recipe for grilled salmon tacos with avocado salsa combines the two heart-healthy powerhouses in one easy dinner the entire family will love. The olive oil is a bonus heart-healthy ingredient here, and if you can’t find cotija cheese, you can always replace it with crumbled feta.
Almond Crusted Chicken Nuggets
Almonds are an amazing heart-healthy snack, but did you know almond meal makes a fabulous, crunchy “breading” for chicken nuggets? We all know how much the kids love chicken nuggets, and now you can feel better about serving them up for dinner. This almond-crusted chicken nuggets recipe is bound to be a major hit. Try replacing the white flour with whole-wheat flour for an even more nutritious, unprocessed meal.
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Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Pudding
These tiny seeds boast some seriously impressive benefits. They’re packed full of omega-3s and fiber, making them extremely filling. Chia seeds can be found at almost any major grocery store, often in the organic or natural section.
Chia seeds absorb liquid and become somewhat gelatinous, creating a pudding-like consistency over time. You can throw a chia-seed pudding together at night and enjoy it in the morning for a quick, filling breakfast. Try this peanut butter cup chia seed pudding for a dessert-worthy (yet healthy) way to start your day.
Tofu Sofritas Bowls
Tofu’s not just for vegetarians anymore. This versatile protein is extremely low in fat and a great way to reduce your meat consumption. Not to mention it’s very affordable. Sofritas is crumbled tofu cooked in an extremely flavorful, smoky, spicy sauce. This recipe for tofu sofritas bowls serves a saucy tofu-mushroom mixture over cilantro-lime rice with guacamole. You’ll never miss the meat — promise!
Which heart-healthy recipes will you try? Let us know by commenting below!
Consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program.
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