Heart Healthy Meals: It Is Never Too Late
A sad fact of life is that the vast majority of individuals could benefit from heart healthy meals. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for individuals in the US, which is simply terrifying. However, all is not lost. We can all benefit from changes to our lifestyle, and changes to our diet, in the form of heart healthy meals. The risk of heart disease can be seriously reduced by simply transforming our diets. That in itself is good enough for me! What are you waiting for?
For some inspiration here are my favorite heart healthy meals:
- Wholegrain Waffles Topped With Berries and Honeyed Yoghurt (Honey Yogurt)
You knew I could not resist in featuring breakfast somewhere, didn’t you? This recipe is so so easy, and simply divine!
Mix together chopped strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with lemon juice and splenda to taste. Combine low fat yoghurt (yogurt) with honey. Add the fruit mixture and the honeyed yoghurt (honey yogurt) to a toasted wholegrain waffle. Finally top with some wheatgerm.
Each serving contains 377 calories and 43mg cholesterol.
- Falafel Sandwiches With Yoghurt (Yogurt) Tahini Sauce
You can easily buy ready made falafel, or you may try to make your own!
For the falafel: Soak chickpeas overnight. Pulse the chickpeas together with parsley, coriander, coriander powder, onion, baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil into a paste. Shape into rounds and cook for 6 to 8 minutes in a very hot pan.
For the tahini: Mix together tahini paste, yoghurt (yogurt) and lemon juice.
Place the falafel and tahini sauce on top of flatbread and get eating while warm!
Each serving contains 388 calories and 7mg cholesterol.
- Salmon With Hoisin Glaze
Love it or hate it, fish is recommended for any diet.
Marinate salmon in a combination of hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil for 8 minutes before baking in the oven for 8 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately!
Each serving contains 255 calories and 81mg cholesterol.
- Raspberry Frozen Yoghurt (Yogurt)
To keep all of those individuals who are dessert lovers sweet!
Combine yoghurt (yogurt), milk and sugar. Blend raspberries and add to the yoghurt (yogurt) mixture. Freeze for one hour.
Each serving contains 100 calories and 5mg cholesterol.
- Chocolate Brownies
Just in case the frozen yoghurt (yogurt) wasn’t quite enough!
Combine sugar, cocoa, melted butter, coffee, water, vanilla extract, baking powder, a beaten egg and beaten egg white in a bowl. Stir flour and chunks of dark chocolate into the mixture. Pour into a baking tin and bake for 30 minutes.
Each serving contains 113 calories and 19mg cholesterol.
The real beauty of cooking is that heart healthy meals do not have to be boring! You do not have to dread eating for the rest of your life. All that is required is a little imagination, and a bit of confidence! No foods are not allowed as such, just remember to have everything in moderation. This applies to any healthy eating plan, and not just heart healthy meals.
I really believe that it''s never is too late to make some lifestyle, and indeed dietary, changes. Reduce your risk of heart disease and get started today with my favorite heart healthy meals! Furthermore, if you have any recipes of your own that you would like to share with us, please do get in touch. Alternatively, please take a look at our other pages below, which we think you''ll also enjoy reading:
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