As we age, eating heart-healthy food becomes more and more necessary. 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:
- Avocados. Avocados have monounsaturated fats related to reduced cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart disease. They are also high in potassium, which is necessary for heart health! Regularly consuming avocados can reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, lowering your risk for heart disease.
- Tomatoes. Did you know that tomatoes are LOADED with lycopene? Lycopene 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.
- Lower your cholesterol levels and stave off heart disease by regularly enjoying steamed broccoli!
- Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate comes directly from the cocoa tree seeds and is widely known as one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Because dark chocolate contains a crazy amount of nutrients that can positively affect your health, it’s recommended for a heart-healthy diet.
Country Court Skilled Nursing Center proudly offers our residents a Healthy Heart Program! This program provides post-hospital care for patients recovering from a cardiac event. It improves our patients’ overall health, wellness, and fitness levels. We also offer a heart-healthy diet in our dining area!