According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., which means that focusing on your heart health is essential to living a longer, healthier life. There are various ways to improve your heart health, such as reducing stress, getting more sleep, and exercising. Nutrition also plays a huge role in keeping your heart healthy. People often equate heart-healthy recipes with boring, bland meals but this doesn't always have to be the case. There are plenty of recipes that are as delicious as they are beneficial for your ticker!
One important thing to remember is that there's no one "right" way to eat for heart health, according to Rachael Hartley, RD. So "instead of stressing over individual foods, think about the big picture of your eating pattern." Hartley tells Woman's Day that it's better to think of "ways to choose more heart-healthy fats, like olive oil, nuts and seeds, and avocado, eat fatty fish more often, increase intake of whole grains and other high fiber carbohydrate foods, and eat more fruits and veggies."
The following heart-healthy recipes cover everything from fish-forward dishes to colorful vegetable combinations. And the best part is that you you don't have to be a pro in the kitchen to indulge in these heart-friendly meals.
Oven-Roasted Salmon with Charred Lemon Vinaigrette
Salmon is known for being light and heart healthy, but this recipe does not skimp out on big bold flavors.
Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles
Loaded with lean protein from the shrimp and green veggies from the zoodles, this dish is as tasty as it is healthy.
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Morning Burritos With Salsa Verde
These burritos get plenty of protein from the refried beans and eggs, which will help you feel satisfied till lunch.
Hot Honey-Roasted Salmon and Radishes
Apricot-Glazed Chicken and Corn
This zesty chicken dish only takes half an hour to make and its sweet and spicy goodness will quickly make it a family favorite.
Turkey Burgers and Slaw with Sweet Potato Chips
Packed with good-for-you spices, these turkey patties, topped with a sweet and crunchy apple and cabbage slaw, are a healthy alternative to red meat.
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Pizza
Indulge your pizza craving with this delicious and healthy pizza that spotlights grilled eggplant and tomatoes.
Salmon with Creamy Feta Cucumbers
The perfectly seasoned salmon and whipped feta that coats the cucumbers will leave your tastebuds singing.
Pasta With Walnut Pesto and Peas
Dry white wine and lemon give this nutty pesto-covered farfalle and peas an added kick. Plus, it has 6 g of fiber per serving.
Tilapia with Tomatoes and Pepper Relish
We all know that tilapia is high in protein and good-for-you vitamins, but when it's coated in this spicy pepper relish, all you'll be thinking about is how tasty it is.
Butternut Squash and Turmeric Soup
Baked Chicken Cutlets with Pineapple Rice
Pear & Walnut Salad
Keep it light with this flavorful salad featuring walnuts, celery, and olive oil. According to Mayo Clinic, walnuts are one of the best nuts for your heart health as they contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and can help lower your cholesterol, improve the health of the lining of your arteries, and reduce your risk of blood clots.
Get the Pear & Walnut Salad recipe.
Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the Updates Editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute where she optimizes lifestyle content across verticals. Prior to this role, she was an Editorial Assistant for Woman’s Day where she covered everything from gift guides to recipes. She also has experience fact checking commerce articles and holds a B.A. in English and Italian Studies from Connecticut College.
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