Ways to obtain good heart health via heart Healthy protein:
Limit your red meat consumption – Instead of red meat, eat fish high in omega 3 fatty acids at least two times a week. These fish include trout, salmon and herring. You can reap the benefits of these fish through fresh, frozen and even canned seafood. Canned tuna, sardines and salmon are convenient and inexpensive ways to add fish in your diet. Make sure to choose varieties in spring water with reduced salt.
Nuts – You can also obtain your protein by consuming beans and unsalted nuts. Nuts are high in fat, so make sure you eat them in moderation.
Eggs – Hard-boiled eggs are a great, portable snack that is high in protein.
Inexpensive heart healthy foods
To get the most nutrition from your vegetables and fruits, choose those that are in season or purchase frozen fruits and vegetables as they are an inexpensive alternative to fresh produce; you receive the same nutritional benefits from fresh and frozen produce.
- Apples (raw, with skin)
- Baby carrots (raw)
- Tomatoes – canned or fresh (as long as they are canned in reduced-salt and packed in tomato juice)
- Pears (raw)
- Spinach (raw)
- Mixed vegetables (frozen)
- Beans – pinto, kidney, navy or garbanzo (canned or homemade)
- Lentils (cooked)
- Green peas (frozen, fresh and cooked)
- Broccoli (frozen, fresh and cooked)
- Sweet Potato (baked in skin)
- Yogurt (plain, fat-free or low fat)
- Fat-free milk
- Brown Rice (cooked)
- Oatmeal (breakfast and baking)
The CDC states that more than 550,000 people in the United States die (that is 1 out of 4 deaths) from heart disease each year. Avoid becoming a statistic, contact the Arizona Cardiovascular Treatment center today and one of our heart doctors can evaluate you to determine which lifestyle changes and/or medical treatments will benefit you the most.