Its February, the month of love, and valentines day is just around the corner now. In this time of the year, it is more important than ever to keep your heart healthy and running well. It is pivotal, in order to avoid complications later on in life, to start taking good care and maintaining your heart from a young age. The two most important things for your heart’s health is an active lifestyle to straighten its muscles and proper nutrition to boost blood-flow and prevent extra stress on it.
Thus, for this Valentines, Stradale offers you some very simple foods that can have a very significant impact on your heart’s well-being.
Salmon – and other fatty fish such as mackerel and sardines are some of the best foods for the heart. Fatty fish contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids and a direct correlation between the consumption of Omega 3 and a lower risk of irregular heart beating and a lower risk of blockage in the arteries. Salmon is a very versatile and easy to use ingredient.
A simple recipe is salmon ceviche. Simply chop some salmon, cilantro, and onion, then mix in a bowl and add loads of lime juice to cook the meat. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and optionally some hot chili.
Blueberries – as well as other berries such as strawberries, are rich in antioxidants that help decrease the blood pressure and dilate blood vessels. A fun fact is that it is actually the antioxidants or anthocyanins that give berries their red and blue colors.
For a simple breakfast blueberry recipe simply mix some Greek yogurt with blueberries, bananas, a seed mix, and some honey to sweeten it all up.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – is a great source of mono-saturated fats, which have been found to be able to reduce both your cholesterol and your blood sugar levels. Furthermore the Mediterranean diet, which consists of at least 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day, has been found to reduce in a study the risks of heart attacks and failure by 30%.
Our recommendation: Use extra virgin olive oil in your salads for extra taste and replace all other cooking oil with it for a healthier alternative.