15 Healthy Meals For Your Heart That Are Really Easy To Cook
If you are sick of cooking the exact same thing over and over again day in, day out, you are not alone. As you are most probably aware, the recipes shared by food bloggers and YouTubers can become a bit overwhelming at times. There are just so many options you cannot figure out what to cook at lunch, or at dinner, and just like the rest of us, you also scroll through the recipes only to cook the same thing you cook on most days anyway!
And even if you are someone who looks up healthy meal recipes, then you’ve got another thing coming. Once you have made it through all the mumbo-jumbo nutrition standards and guidelines, you’ll end up cooking a meal that tastes like grass! And by the way, who even gets to decide what is “healthy” and what is not, anyway?
Thankfully, there is one fix for both the problems: following the American Heart Association recommended guidelines for nutrition on foods, as well as the one recommended by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. These are simple recommendations such as including more and more vegetables and fruits in your diet and consuming more whole grains on average. As you can notice, nothing confusing or restrictive. Plus, you would want to keep your heart in best health, since it keeps you healthy, ya know.
If you are looking for some other heart-friendly foods, you can consider adding nuts, low-fat dairy, lean meat, fish, and skinless poultry to your diet for the best results. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot have a cheat meal once in a while, but the general idea is to keep the intake of sugar and carbs as low as possible. It is more about including good foods than keeping out the bad ones.
And now that we have figured out specific foods you need to eat to keep your heart healthy, it should make it easier for you to skim through all those food blog posts, right? It is! Why?
Because we have already curated the 15 best heart-friendly recipes for you right here!
Veggie flatbread delight
Begin with some naan (a type of bread popular in the Indian subcontinent) and generously layer it with some low-fat mozzarella on the top. Then, add some finely chopped garlic, olives, cherry tomatoes, oregano, dried basil leaves, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes and you are all set.
You can then bake this for about ten minutes at 400 degrees F, or until you can see the edges turning brown and the cheese melting.
A bowl of yogurt
Yogurt is a great way to include some healthy protein and probiotics in your diet, and this recipe will surely win you over if you aren’t a big fan of yogurt. Start with some low-fat Greek yogurt, and add the fruits of your choice, some nuts, and granola. You can also use blueberries, a protein bar all crushed up, and natural PB to up the protein in this recipe. Enjoy!
We all love pasta. It is not just super delicious, but it is one of the easiest meals to cook. To ensure you are eating a healthier version of pasta, always opt for the chickpea pasta or any whole-wheat pasta. Make sure to add some broccoli to the pasta, as it is a rich source of fiber and potassium.