Heart Healthy Recipes
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Posted By: Maureen Witmer, Director of Outreach, TakeThemAMeal.com on Feb 12, 2016

Heart Healthy Recipes

Since February is National Heart Month, we wanted to share some heart-healthy recipes from our recipe section. You can feel good about serving these easy and nutritious meals to your family and/or the people to whom you are taking a meal.

Low Sodium Red Lentil Soup

Low Sodium Red Lentil Soup

Did you know that studies have shown that eating even one serving of lentils or chickpeas a week lowers the risk of heart disease? And the more you eat, the lower the risk. Eating legumes 4 times or more per week may reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 22%. This flavorful, low sodium lentil soup is a delicious way to get your daily dose of legumes.

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids. Rachel Johnson, a Professor of Nutrition at the University of Vermont, says "Omega-3s have an anti-clotting effect, so they keep your blood flowing." The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of oily fish per week.

Simple Lemon Pepper Chicken

Simple Lemon Pepper Chicken

Preparing foods with little or no salt can lower your blood pressure. Even cutting back a little on your sodium intake can offer benefits to your body. You won't miss the salt in this super easy and super yummy dish. Serve with a whole grain side like brown rice, couscous or quinoa.

Green Beans Almondine

Green Beans Almondine

This recipe has a multiple heart-healthy elements. Green beans are legumes and contain lots of heart-healthy fiber. Olive oil is low in saturated fat and does not contain trans fat, which may increase the risk of heart disease. And nuts, like almonds, as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower bad cholesterol levels. They are also full of fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Making smart choices when cooking for yourself and others can add up to big changes in heart health.

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