Add These 7 Superfoods to Your Diet for Powerful Heart Health
Today, I’m going to share with you seven awesome, super heart-healthy superfoods that you can add to your daily diet right now.
Number one, one of my favorites is salmon. This could be a fresh salmon filet, it could be smoked salmon, it could be salmon kind of like a tuna salad, but using salmon. Salmon is fantastic because it is highly dense in really powerful heart-healthy omega-3s.
Omega-3 is a powerful antioxidant, and that is one of the best antioxidants, along with CoQ10, which by the way, I talked about it in some other heart-healthy communication here. So, you can check it out on our blog. Check out CoQ10. But similarly, omega-3 is very powerful for lowering our cholesterol levels and keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.
2. Chia Seeds
Number two are chia seeds. Chia is awesome. You can make chia pudding. It’s like an overnight pudding. Kind of think of chia like a tapioca but just super, super fiber dense and really rich in both minerals, omegas, good, healthy fats, and tons of fiber. Fiber is really an important part of our heart health. Moving the bowels is really critical for a multitude of things. The most important factor is it helps us and our body excrete and eliminate toxins.
When we’re recycling those toxins because of a constipation, and generally if you are not having two bowel movements a day, you’re going to be considered constipated. Yes, even one can put you in a constipated factor. So the act of moving the bowels, we need fiber, and that fiber-density chia is a great resource for that. That specifically, moving the bowels and adding more fiber to your diet via chia, can help lower cholesterol levels.
3. Sweet Potato
Third on my list are sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes or yams are very powerful. They are a micro just powerhouse. I consider them multivitamins and multi-minerals powerhouses. They’re sweet flavored, but they’re very dense as well as in fiber. So, adding a sweet potato, you’re getting a good orange color. With orange-colored vegetables and fruits, there’s going to be good, powerful phytonutrients and powerful plant-based chemicals that are going to help lower your risk of heart disease. And sweet potatoes are a great way also to keep your blood sugar levels low and are a good switch if you are a potato lover.
So, potato tends to be one of those starches that can metabolize a little too quickly and slightly spike, or in some cases severely spike, insulin levels. But sweet potatoes, we get a good balance.
Okay, so number four on my list are berries. Deep, rich, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, all sorts of berries, even the exotics. I love to add these in either in the morning in smoothies and yogurt as a really healthy dessert. Sprinkle in a little chia seeds, oh, they’re so good. But berries have just so many phytonutrients that are heart-healthy. They have massive quantities of antioxidants, and depending on the berry type, you’re going to get different phytonutrients from those berries that are very, very powerful in proactive minimizing of our inflammation, our inflammatory levels.
That is very powerful as well for keeping our heart healthy. Inflammation is a really big underlying source of heart health imbalances.
Now, number five on my list are avocados. I love avocados, and I really feel like at minimum you should be consuming half of an avocado a day. And yes, they are dense caloric, they are dense on the fat profile, but they are really, really great for our heart health.
Part of the benefits of avocado, it’s a good, heart-healthy fat, and it’s so great for also keeping our blood sugars balanced. So I love that when it comes to adding an avocado, eating them fresh, you can blend them up in smoothies. We’ve made pudding as well in our family with avocado, we even use avocado, we’ll make an avocado pasta sauce. That’s a really good way to incorporate that, especially if you have kids and you can even make avocado ice cream. So, there’s a broad variety of resources in avocado and ways to get that into your daily diet.
6. Dark Chocolate
Now, number six, you’re going to love, which is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, not milk chocolate, but dark chocolate. And usually like an 85, 90, or 95%. So, really dense on just the pure dark chocolate properties. But dark chocolate has phytonutrients and phytochemicals that are very powerful at minimizing inflammation and helping improve our heart health.
So a little bit, not a whole chocolate bar, but a little square of a bar of 90 or 95 quality chocolate is going to be a really good addition. And there’s also scientific evidence that chocolate, this type of form of chocolate, one, is lower in sugar on the sugar scale, and it can calm the central nervous system, which can help you go sleep better. So win-win.
Now, last and final, number seven are healthy nuts. So, let’s talk about nuts. I’m not recommending and not including peanuts, probably the most common nut in this kind of recommendation. But almonds and walnuts and cashew and pistachio are in this category of healthy nuts that we can add into your daily diet. Grab a nut pack for a snack. You can have nut yogurt. You can have nut milk that you are using as a base for your smoothie, but there are a lot of good nuts that you can add in. And even I’ve had some recipes that are really great where you smash up, like roasted pecans, I would add those in as well. And you can have your salmon, pecan-encrusted salmon. It tastes amazing.
So, those are seven powerful foods that I love to recommend you start adding into your daily lives today and let us know if you get experimental and start trying out new recipes. We’re all ears on how this goes for you.
richard bennett says
Consumer Reports published an investigation showing that 23 of the 28 dark chocolate bars it had tested from various brands contained concerning levels of lead, cadmium or both. Compared with more than 300 other foods tested by the F.D.A. in a separate study, dark chocolate had the third-highest concentrations of both cadmium and lead, exceeded only by baking powder and cocoa powder for lead, and cocoa powder and sunflower seeds for cadmium.
Customer Service says
Hello Richard, We appreciate you sharing this information. We are sure others will find it helpful too. We agree that it is very important to try and choose foods with all organic ingredients whenever possible. Chocolate/cacao is very delicious and can be healthy for us. There are quite a few good brands out there. :) Enjoy!
Betty A Forwick says
Some foods on your list are high in oxalates. Check out Sally K. Norton's book Toxic Super Foods as well as her website. Oxalates can affect the heart and all other bodily systems.
Customer Service says
Hello Betty A Forwick, Generally speaking, oxalates are excreted through the urine and should not affect most people. However, those who are prone to kidney stones may benefit from sticking with a low oxalate diet. We appreciate you sharing this information. We know that others reading this find it helpful as well. :) Have a happy and healthy day! :)