Healthy Heart Diet Recipes For A That Taste Good Too!

healthy heart diet

I love food, but sometimes good food means a lot of fat and cholesterol. I have made a goal this year though, to eat more foods that are good for a healthy heart diet. A healthy heart diet is one that keeps the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol to a minimum. For a 2000 calorie diet, the saturated fat intake should be no more than twenty grams, and the cholesterol intake should be no more than three hundred milligrams. This can be really hard to do, and I used to think this meant a lot of bland food, but I have since found that there are so many recipes out there that are great for a healthy heart diet! I’m going to share some of my favourite recipes that I have found with you.

One of the best breakfasts you can eat for a healthy heart diet is granola. All those oats and fruit really do a wonderful job at keeping your heart healthy. Here’s one of my favourite granola recipes that uses many different ingredients that are great for your heart, but is so tasty and sweet at the same time.

Granola

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup wheat germ or bran
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then, pour the canola oil over the mixture, mixing well. Add the honey to the mixture and stir until everything is well coated. Spread onto cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit or until well browned and crispy. Let the granola cool, then break apart and store in an airtight container. Eating this every morning will provide great benefits to your heart!

One thing that I thought I would never be able to eat again when I started my heart healthy diet was fried chicken. But a recipe from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s cookbook called Keep the Beat made my dream come true again. The recipe is titled Crispy Oven Fried Chicken and can be found here. Chicken is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is always a good choice when looking for food to eat with a healthy heart diet. Another chicken recipe I have found to be especially tasty, while staying true to my healthy heart is Chicken and Spanish Rice. This is also found in the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s cookbook. Eating more chicken, rather than other more fatty meats like beef and pork will allow you to lower your saturated fat and cholesterol intake, keeping your heart healthy longer.

Since meat is the main source of cholesterol and saturated fat in our diets, it is important to choose leaner, healthier cuts of meat. Another meat that is great for a heart healthy diet is fish. My favourite fish recipe uses salmon and is called Honey Soy Broiled Salmon. This tastes absolutely amazing and it’s quite possible i may be obsessed with it!

These are just a few of my favourite recipes to get you started on your path to a healthy heart diet!