A lot of us grab some breakfast, maybe a bagel, or a breakfast bar, and we’re out the door. Then we eat lunch, and maybe even dinner on the go but there may be simpler way to eat better. It’s easy to find foods that will help you keep your heart healthy — think red, think blue, think bright, and buy those foods. Heart disease is an inflammatory disease, so we want to take in foods that do the opposite, actually help bring down inflammation. The deeper the color, the more packed fruits and vegetables are with heart-healthy nutrients so put your red peppers, put your tomatoes, put your berries on your salad. Make it as colorful as possible, even with purple cabbage. Deep green vegetables are also a great option.
Berries may not look like much, but they are a nutritional powerhouse. Think blueberries, strawberries…any purple red berry. For protein, think pink and go for salmon, or any deep water fish. Try for three or four servings a week. It’s high in Omega 3 and helps thin the blood. Oatmeal doesn’t have much color, but it’s packed with fiber, which may lower your bad cholesterol.
There’s lots of buzz about tart cherry juice, and there’s new evidence showing it is really an inflammation fighter. It can help with heart disease and with muscle soreness after physical activity. So downing a cup of tart cherry juice a day seems to be as helpful as taking one Advil in our body as far as anti-inflammatory benefits. Instead of trying to go out and buy all the foods mentioned, add one or two to your shopping cart on your next trip to the store, and work your way up to eating at least five or six servings of the bright fruits and vegetables a day.