Health.com recently posted one “Heart Healthy Recipe of the Day” for 30 days. Most are low-fat and each uses some heart healthy ingredients–and all can get your mouth watering. Recipes range from breakfast foods (like Chai Oatmeal on day 1) to desserts (like Mariska’s Joyful Heart Fudge Chip Muffins on Day 19) to drinks (like Day 6’s Sangria) and everything in between. Most recipes are low in cholesterol, and each explains under the title what makes the recipe heart-healthy.
Although we had a hard time deciding which to feature, we pulled a day’s worth of recipes from their 30 choices. So perhaps you can try cooking heart healthy recipes for one entire day. We’re sure you’ll see after reading these recipes that good health doesn’t have to sacrifice good flavor.
Breakfast: Morning Glory Muffins
What makes it heart healthy? Low cholesterol, low fat, low saturated fat, whole grain and full of fiber and omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
Featured ingredients: Flaxseed, dates, a banana, and dried pineapple
Lunch: Jane’s Vegetarian Chili
What makes it heart healthy? Low cholesterol, low saturated fat, and a lot of fiber.
Featured ingredients: Chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, onion, diced tomatoes, and worcestershire sauce
3 Course Dinner:
What makes it heart healthy? Low carb, low cholesterol, and tomatoes are full of antioxidants.
Featured ingredients: Tomatoes, garlic croutons, crumbled goat cheese, olives, basil, and vinaigrette or Italian Dressing
What makes it heart healthy? Low cholesterol and full of vegetables, including beta-carotene rich carrots
Featured ingredients: Carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, butternut squash, apple, and coconut milk
What makes it heart healthy? Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduces blood pressure and helps prevent blood clotting.
Featured Ingredients: Orzo, capers, almonds, and salmon
Dessert: Fresh Berries with Maple Cream
What makes it heart healthy? Berries are a great sweet dessert full of inflamation-fighting antioxidants.
Featured Ingredients: Berries, and maple syrup mixed with fat free sour cream