It’s American Heart Month! To help celebrate, we’re rounding up some of our all-time favorite heart healthy recipes. We’re also sharing some go-to nutrition tips to help us all keep our hearts healthy and our tummies happy.
Fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals and fiber, so it’s no wonder why the majority of our plates should be filled with these nutritional powerhouses. They can be fresh, frozen, dried or canned, because all forms matter and count towards our daily intake! These are some of our favorite ways to enjoy more fruits and veggies:
- Veggie Fries
- Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Apple Carrot Ginger Soup
- Apples, Almonds and Brussels Sprouts
- Green Smoothies
- Mediterranean Power Bowls
- Smoothie Bowls
- Roasted Tomato, Pesto and Chicken Sausage Zoodles
Swap in more healthy fats.
Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil and fatty fish, are inflammation-fighting and can help protect our heart. We love including more heart healthy fats in dishes like these:
- Creamy Avocado Alfredo
- One-Pot Orzo Pasta with Feta, Olives & Artichokes
- Guacamole with Broccoli
- Pistachio Crusted Cod with Roasted Kale and Red Onions
- Tuna Melts - 3 Ways
- Pecan Crusted Salmon
Focus on Fiber.
Fiber-rich foods, like whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables can help lower cholesterol and help keep us feeling fuller, longer. Include more fiber on your plate with these delicious recipes:
- Black Bean Burrito Bowl
- Seven Can Soup
- Orange Quinoa Salad
- Mushroom Farro Casserole
- Roasted Chickpeas: 3 Ways
- Apple Pumpkin Muffins
- Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
Go lean with protein.
Protein also plays an important role in helping keep hunger at bay. For heart health, opt for lean protein foods whenever possible. Choose “loin” or “round” cuts of beef or pork, skinless poultry and plain fish and seafood. Here are a few of our favorite dishes featuring lean protein sources:
- Seafood Stew
- Cedar Plank Mustard Salmon with Baby Red Potatoes
- Skillet Lemon Chicken with Rice
- Sweet Potato Chili
- Potato and Kale Soup with Italian Sausage
- Apple, Potato and Bacon Hash
- Chicken, Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Enjoy better-for-you sweet treats … in moderation
We believe that all foods can fit in a healthy balanced diet. The key is enjoying treats in moderation. If possible, we encourage trading up for more nutritious options whenever possible. This might mean using NuVal® to find a better-for-you treat or swapping out less healthy ingredients for more nutrition, like in these scrumptious recipes:
- Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies
- Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
- Baked Pears with Maple and Cinnamon
- Fruit Pizza
- Almond Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding
Emily Schwartz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.