Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to consider your heart this winter! Since February is also American Heart Month, it’s the ideal time to step up your heart health. When you’re following a low-carb diet like Atkins, there are plenty of heart-healthy foods that are easy to incorporate into a variety of low-carb meals and snacks.
The following foods are known for promoting heart health, are perfect for any phase of Atkins and can be adapted to a variety of heart-healthy recipes. Add these heart-healthy foods to your grocery list today to stay healthy and feeling great all February long.
Salmon is one of the most well-known heart-healthy foods, and for good reason. This fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids that can help protect your heart and lower blood pressure. Whether you grill it, stuff it into zucchini or serve it as a creamy dip, salmon is delicious in dozens of heart-healthy recipes.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cooking with extra virgin olive oil is an excellent way to keep your heart in good shape. Olive oil is packed with healthy monounsaturated fats that can help lower bad cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. Dress your salads with this homemade lemon vinaigrette for a delicious way to enjoy olive oil.
Broccoli has beta-carotene, potassium, folate, fiber and plenty of vitamins that can protect against heart disease and keep your heart strong. Not only does broccoli make an easy side dish or salad topper, but it can also become the star of the meal when you bake it into a crustless broccoli quiche or simmer it with beef and tomato sauce in this beef bolognaise with parmesan.
Tuna is a versatile fish that, like salmon, contains omega-3 fatty acids to keep your heart strong. Pack homemade tuna salad for a quick and easy work lunch, or try this spicy tuna steak salad for a light but very satisfying dinner.
Avocados are full of heart healthy fats and allow for the absorption of carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene that are essential for optimal heart health. Add avocado slices to everything from sandwiches to salads, chop them into salsas or blend them into heart-healthy smoothies like this one.
Full of lutein, folate, potassium and fiber, spinach is one of the best foods for heart health. These eggs scrambled with feta and spinach are a healthy, hearty way to start off your morning; or, mix some into these beef burgers with feta and tomatoes for a green twist on hamburgers.
Enjoy these heart-healthy recipes and use Atkins’ recipe database to discover other tasty low-carb meals. Your taste buds and heart will thank you!