I mentioned last month that my goal this year is to start eating healthy. I have always struggled with this because I don’t like vegetables. I like some vegetables like corn, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, greens, okra, and cauliflower but that’s it. I hate peas and green beans. I will actually eat peas if it is mixed in really good in a casserole. I’m not really into juicing, but I do like a good smoothie. I like when my vegetables are mixed in with fruits in a smoothie.
Heart health is the name of the game all year long but the focus is definitely a big part of February. It’s unfortunate we only think of our hearts in February when it pertains to Valentine’s Day. I want us to all do better to take care of ourselves. This is the one body we have so we need to do right by it.
I know I’m not alone in my struggle with eating better. I definitely know I’m not the only adult who doesn’t really like vegetables either. It has been invaluable learning the types of foods best to keep our hearts pumping properly.
The lessons I have learned come from my own research and listening to my doctors. I am no expert so definitely consult with your own physician for more information. I just thought I would at least share basic information that can help anyone.
- Spinach, kale, and collard greens are some of the best options out there. I actually hate kale but I’m trying to find other ways to incorporate it into my diet. If anyone has suggestions – please leave a comment. These types of greens reduce blood pressure. They are good for decreasing blockages in the heart.
- Whole grains like oats, brown rice, barley, and quinoa are fabulous for you. They help reduce chances of a stroke. I happen to love whole grains so none of this has been an issue for me. Do you all love brown rice? I know some people have a hard time switching from white to brown rice.
- Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are rich in antioxidents. It also helps with inflammation. I LOVE strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I don’t like blackberries but it’s OK. I know I don’t have to love everything. I recently found out there are people allergic to strawberries? I had no idea that was even a thing. I feel so bad for them. I guess they don’t care beause they don’t know what they are missing…but it’s still unfortuante.
- Walnuts and almonds are great snacks and also help with inflammation.
- Beans are just overall good for your health. Pinto beans help lower bad cholesterol and reduce your blood pressure.
Information is out there about how to take care of your heart. If you have time, go to the local library and check out some books. I am always learning something new too.
I found some quick and easy ideas that can help you as you start your journey.
Blueberry Smoothie (this looks so yummy)!
The recipe can be found here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/235261/heart-healthy-blueberry-smoothie/
The recipe can be found here: https://blog.skinnyfit.com/recipe/healthy-spinach-artichoke-dip/
Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles – (zoodles are noodles made from zucchini).
This recipe can be found on Women’s Day magazine site here: https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/a28353403/shrimp-scampi-with-zoodles-recipe/
If you find some recipes that work for you, please share them in the comments. I love suggestions.
Peace and blessings.