6 Dinners That Can Lower Blood Pressure
Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is a critical component of heart health. If your numbers are elevated, it's essential to make smart dietary changes that can help drive them back down. Here are six simple and delicious dinners that will help do the trick.
Loaded Baked Potato
ample amounts of potassium, an essential nutrient for normalizing blood
pressure levels. Instead of greasy French fries and buttery mashed varieties, enjoy
. If you're serving a crowd, set up a topping bar and let each person build
their own scrumptious spud. To up the fiber, offer black beans and colorful veggies
like chopped red bell pepper and broccoli florets. Make the meal even better by
serving low-fat dairy toppers like fat-free plain yogurt and reduced-fat shredded cheese instead of
their full fat counterparts.
Quinoa & Black Bean Stuffed Peppers
taste quinoa? Quinoa is a protein-rich seed that is loaded with fiber. Plus, this
super grain is easy to prepare and there are a thousand different ways to
doctor it up. If you're brainstorming this week's menu, give my Quinoa and
Black Bean Stuffed Peppers
a shot! They are tasty,
filling, and provide three heart-smart ingredients; fiber, potassium and
magnesium, all of which help to normalize blood pressure.
Edamame and Brown Rice Salad
Research shows that by
trading in refined white carbs for whole grain counterparts, you can lower your
blood pressure numbers significantly. That means swap white rice for brown
rice, white bread for whole wheat bread, and regular pasta for whole grain
varieties. This delicious Edamame and Brown Rice Salad
packed with the right stuff and will satisfy both, your tastebuds and ticker!
Tandoori Halibut Kebabs
My Indian-inspired Tandoori Halibut Kebabs
are simple to prepare, and thanks to the flavorful marinade, you won't realize it's
low in salt. As a bonus, each delicious bite delivers potassium and calcium,
two heart-smart nutrients that help keep blood pressure in check. If fresh halibut is not an option, feel free
to substitute with frozen fish — the nutritional and cardiovascular benefits will
remain the same.
is a meal on a mission. Whole
grain pasta noodles fill you up with heart-healthy fiber, potassium-rich
spinach offsets high sodium levels in the body, and reduced-fat cheese delivers
a shot of calcium without the excess saturated fat and calories found in full
fat varieties. For a scrumptious and filling supper, couple a slice or two with
a colorful tossed salad. Yum!
Hearty Vegetable Bean Soup
loves soup, but commercial brands and restaurant recipes are typically packed
with salt. For a comforting and hearty bowl that won't wreak havoc on your blood
pressure, try my Hearty
Vegetable Bean Soup
. In fact, double the recipe
so you can freeze the delicious leftovers in single portion containers. You'll
have countless cozy bowls that deliver heart-smart goodness!
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