8 Heart-Healthy Snacks
Show your heart some love! Incorporate these 8 delicious afternoon munchies into your weekly snack rotation to provide key nutrients that keep your ticker beating strong and your taste buds satisfied.
Edamame Hummus With Veggies
is a lean, green dip that contains the ultimate heart-healthy
nutrient trifecta — fiber, omega-3 fats, and plant protein. For an extra shot
of nutrition, be sure to serve this delicious topper with vitamin-rich, colorful
veggie scoopers like yellow pepper slices, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and
sugar snap peas.
Apple & PB 'Wiches
of the classic PB&J, try my heart-healthy PB&A! These Apple & PB
, are jam-packed with nutrients like fiber (thanks to the
apple) and monounsaturated fat (thanks to peanut butter) that protect your
arteries from harmful plaque and help drive down blood pressure and cholesterol.
Simply slice, spread, and savor.
Avocado w/ Lime
your taste buds — and give your heart a little TLC — with the creamy deliciousness
of avocado. Avocados are a great source
of good fat and fiber – both of which work to lower LDL cholesterol
stands for "lousy") and amp up HDL cholesterol ("H" stands for "hero"). Simply slice
an avocado in half, drizzle with fresh lime juice, and add an optional sprinkle of ground black pepper. Dig in!
Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas
Warning — these Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas
quite addicting. This recipe is packed with flavor and fiber making it a
perfect snack to curb hunger and squelch cravings. Plus, the garbanzo beans provide loads of
potassium — a key nutrient for keeping blood pressure at bay.
Easy as 1-2-3 and completely guilt-free. My super quick Kale
are rich in fiber, calcium, and potassium — all key nutrients
that help to keep your cardiovascular system in check. Make a great, big bowl and
dig in. They are 100% good-for-you — so you can eat these chips to your heart's
Yogurt w/ Berries
yourself through an afternoon slump with this energizing
combo of protein-packed
yogurt and fiber-rich berries. Nonfat or
low-fat yogurt varieties offer up calcium and protein without the saturated fat
found in whole milk varieties. Plus, dark-hued berries are loaded with antioxidants,
which help protect the body from artery-damaging toxins. Simply mix plain or
vanilla flavored yogurt with an assortment of colorful berries — bonus points
for raspberries and blackberries, since they are highest in fiber!
Tasty Trail Mix
You don't have to be trekking through the woods to enjoy this
heart-healthy trail mix. Pack my make-it-yourself
Tasty Trail Mix
in a small container and enjoy on your commute to
work, or tuck it into your desk drawer for afternoon snack emergencies. This satisfying
nosh offers a substantial dose of fiber from the whole grains, healthy fat from
the nuts, and antioxidants from the dark chocolate to provide a terrific trio
of heart-healthy nutrients.
For all you nutaholics out there (myself included!), here's some
good news: research shows the "good" monounsaturated fats found in almonds may
help to lower cholesterol levels and keep your heart pumping strong. If you're looking for a decadent treat, try
Marcona almonds. This Spanish variety packs the same health punch as regular
almonds, but have an extra buttery, sweet taste. One ounce (one handful, about
24 almonds) clocks in at 160 calories. Snack away!
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