Our partners from Kaiser Permanente shared the following delicious and heart-healthy recipes.
Hearts, commonly associated with love and Valentine’s Day, took on new meaning in February, which marked American Heart Month. As Heart Month concludes and we slowly begin a transition to spring, we have a prime opportunity to consider lifestyle changes to foster heart health. While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for American men and women, many risk factors can be modified with healthy diet and lifestyle changes. Coupled with other behavioral changes like physical activity, smoking cessation, and stress reduction, adopting heart-healthy eating habits can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Research supports a Mediterranean-style diet rich in monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, and limited in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Meals that fit this pattern often center on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while limiting red meat. Here are five recipes to get you started.