Heart-Healthy Foods

heart shaped bowl with fruits and vegetables

As we age, it becomes more and more necessary to eat heart healthy food. Consuming fried, unhealthy food can limit your quality of life and lead to heart problems. Check out these heart healthy food options that are also rather tasty:

  1. Avocados. Avocados have monounsaturated fats that have been related to reduced levels of cholesterol and a lower risk of heart disease. Regularly consuming avocados can lead to reductions in “bad” LDL cholesterol which lowers your risk for heart disease. They are also high in potassium, which is necessary to heart health!
  2. Tomatoes. Did you know that tomatoes are LOADED with lycopene? This is a natural plant pigment with tons of antioxidant properties. Consuming antioxidants helps to “neutralize harmful free radicals,” which lessens your chances of oxidative damage and inflammation – ultimately reducing the risk for heart disease.
  3. Lower your cholesterol levels and stave off heart disease by regularly enjoying steamed broccoli!
  4. Dark Chocolate. Because dark chocolate contains a crazy amount of nutrients that can positively affect your health, it’s recommended for a heart healthy diet. Dark chocolate comes directly from the cocoa tree seeds and is widely known as one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Country Court Skilled Nursing Center is proud to offer our residents a Healthy Heart Program! This program provides post-hospital care for patients as they recover from a cardiac event. It improves the overall health, wellness, and fitness levels of our patients. We also offer a heart healthy diet in our dining area!

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