Better Nutrition

Feed Your Heart

February is heart-health month, so it’s a great time to focus on your cardio awareness. And what better way to boost heart health than with delicious, and nutritious, real foods? Here are 10 to try.

1 Cranberries contain polyphenols—antioxidants associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke—and can protect against hardening of the arteries. In one study, people who drank cranberry juice showed significant improvements in blood flow and arterial stiffness. Try this: Add chopped raw cranberries and walnuts to tuna salad; purée unsweetened cranberry juice, chopped basil, and honey, then strain and serve over ice as a mocktail; top baked sweet potatoes with dried cranberries and chopped pecans.

2 is packed with antioxidants that reduce the risk of blood clots and help blood vessels relax; green tea also improves HDL and LDL cholesterol ratios, and some studies show that drinking two cups per day can lower heart disease risk by 25 percent. Try this: Blend matcha (green tea powder), coconut milk, and frozen bananas; brew it strong with slices of ginger, then use the liquid to cook rice; grind tea leaves in a spice mill and combine with herbs for a seasoning blend.

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