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Let's show our hearts some love with snacks that support our cardiovascular system.

Let's show our hearts some love with snacks that support our cardiovascular system during National Nutrition Month. We tend to think about portions and exercise, but what do you do when you need a pick me up between lunch and dinner? Look no further. Here are some easy snacks for a happy heart.

Tuna and whole-grain crackersÔÇŹ

This dippable snack helps prevent inflammation and clotted arteries. Canned light tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce plaque build-up, irregular heart rhythms, and the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Whole-grain crackers and tuna further benefit the heart by adding dietary fiber to your day, making this a cheap and healthy super snack,

Dark chocolate

Low sugar dark chocolate can improve blood flow and blood pressure. These effects lead to heart disease prevention and faster brain function. Experts say that a square or two of dark chocolate may lower the risk of a stroke and heart attack. Throw some dark chocolate in a smoothie or mix up a cacao hot chocolate for extra fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Tip: Microwave dark chocolate at 50% power, then drizzle on the fruit of your choice.

Hummus

Pita bread is not the only ingredient to pair with hummus. Pull out a pack of whole grain crackers to dip for a filling afternoon snack. Hummus can also add excitement to everyday vegetables. Baby carrots, broccoli florets, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, celery, and virtually any other vegetable are excellent for dipping. For those with a sweet tooth, try chocolate hummus with bananas. Keep in mind that the sugar content might be higher in dessert hummus.

Apples with nut butters

Apples contain a small portion of natural caffeine, making them the perfect snack for an afternoon boost. Add a scoop of nut butter to an apple for a delicious snack filled with protein, potassium, and healthy fats. Studies show that people who eat nut butters are less likely to develop heart disease. Keep in mind that peanut butter usually doesn't have to be refrigerated after opening, but other nut butters do. There are several new nut butters in grocery stores with lower amounts of added sugar. Consider giving them a try!

Raisins, dates, and other dried fruits

Dried fruits do more than satisfy sugar cravings. These easy-to-store nuggets of potassium, fiber, and antioxidants assist in regulating a strong cardiovascular system. Make sure to check the calories and serving size of dried fruits to ensure no added sugars cancel out these benefits. Tip: Try throwing some dried fruit into low-sugar yogurt.

These snacks are suggestions based on public research. Please consult your healthcare provider to learn more about heart health and what you can do to live a healthy, happy life.

Learn more about healthy foods and recipes by joining a plant-based cooking class!

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May 31, 2022
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