B vitamins and minerals, which help support blood flow and blood pressure regulation.
Wrap tuna in rice paper with shredded carrots, cucumber, avocado, and fresh herbs for a hearthealthful, handheld lunch on the go.
For more information about the health benefits and safety of seafood, visit AboutSeafood.com.
The unique combination of nutrients found in tomatoes, including lycopene, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, make them very heart healthy
Studies show that lycopene may even help with lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol, and potassium helps support lower blood pressure.
Cook tomatoes with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil to maximize your nutrient absorption. In fact, canned tomato products are an especially good source of these nutrients.
Nuts — including pistachios, walnuts and almonds — contain the “good” polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, whichwith plant sterols and vitamin E, help lower LDL cholesterol, helping to protect the heart and the blood vessels.
Studies have shown that eating a 1-ounce serving of nuts at least five times weekly lowers the risk of coronary artery disease by 20 percent compared with those who rarely eat nuts.
Choose nuts as a healthy and delicious snack or sprinkle them into a salad or rice dish for a crunchy and nutritious bite.
The beneficial properties of green tea catechins, powerful phytonutrients also found in wine and chocolate, help protect the heart, includingthose who are overweight or obese, by lowering both total and LDL cholesterol and improving blood pressure.
The amino acid theanine found in green tea can help with relaxation, stress reduction and lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. Enjoy your green tea hot or iced earlier in the day as it does contain some caffeine.
Colorful berries such as blueberries, strawberries and acai berries are rich in fiber, vitamin C and polyphenols with antioxidant properties that help protect the heart and the blood vessels.
Aim to eat berries at least three times per week by topping your oatmeal with them, adding fresh or frozen berries to smoothies and tossing them into a spinach salad. LeeAnn Weintraub, a registered dietitian, provides nutrition counseling and consulting to individuals, families and businesses. She can be reached at RD@halfacup. com.
This June 30, 2014 photo shows tuna and white bean bruschetta in Concord, N.H.