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Healthy Heart + Valentine’s Day Recipes

Feb 2,2017

Ahh love is in the air, can you feel it!? 😉 February is Heart Month, and I’ve been working on some delicious and heart healthy recipes for you (**scroll down to grab yourself a FREE copy!). What better way to show your love for someone than by preparing them a beautiful and nutritious meal…and it doesn’t have to only be on Valentine’s Day!

All 8 of the recipes featured in my Healthy Heart + Valentine’s Day eBook, include heart healthy foods that offer protective benefits to this important organ. Below I’ve listed the foods that I’ve used in all of my recipes and tell you why they’re good for your heart.

Oats: contain beta-glucan, a type of fibre, that can lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

Berries: such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are all full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and fibre. Cranberries also essential for heart health and can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cherries: help to lower both cholesterol and inflammation in the body.

Cacao: rich in flavanols (phytochemicals), raw cacao can help to lower blood pressure, increase arterial flexibility, and is an excellent source of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals that can damage arteries.

Tomatoes: not only are they high in potassium, which is essential for heart function, they are a source of lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps rid the body of “bad” cholesterol and lowers risk of heart disease. Cooked versus raw tomatoes actually contain more available lycopene.

Purple Cabbage: has huge antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been found to lower both LDL (“bad”) and total cholesterol levels.

Walnuts: a rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for cardiovascular health.

Red peppers: full of vitamin C, fibre, and carotenoids to help protect arteries and lower cholesterol levels.

Cashews – full of unsaturated fats, they can help to lower “bad” cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Chickpeas – along with black beans (and all legumes), are high in fibre, which is important in lowering cholesterol levels.

Green veggies – such as kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens, are excellent for the heart and assist the body in eliminating harmful free radicals.

Flaxseed – rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fibre, both of which are important for a healthy heart.

Have a happy, healthy and love-filled February! xo

Debora

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