Eating the right foods is just as important to heart-health as exercising, fun stress-reducing activities, and long-lasting friendships (especially with someone you love)!
That’s exactly why we came up with a list of the best hearty-foods that can be added to your daily green smoothie. Simply add one or two of these items to your blender along with any green smoothie recipe to keep your heart happy and full of love!
6 HEART-HEALTHY FOODS TO LOVE
Naturally high in fiber, oats act like a magnet to bad cholesterol helping eliminate it from the body and lowering cholesterol levels. The fiber can also help you stay fuller longer, which keeps your hunger at bay.
Try this recipe: Takes Two To Mango Green Smoothie (contains oats and citrus)
Nuts are super high in fiber which is your heart’s plant-based BFF. Fiber helps bind to and eliminate bad cholesterol. Some nuts like almonds and pine nuts contain high amounts of Vitamin E which help strengthen artery walls with their high antioxidant levels. Nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of the heart healthy omega fatty acids which can help decrease your risk of heart disease. They’re perfect to snack on by themselves or adding into your salads or daily green smoothies.
***Soaking most nuts in water can help some people who have a hard time digesting nuts by making them gentler on your tummy. It reduces the naturally occurring phytic acid and helps your body break it down properly.
Try this recipe: Berry Protein Bash Green Smoothie (contains almonds – try substituting walnuts or adding a handful to any of our smoothie recipes)
Flax seeds are rich in heart-healthy omega fatty acids to protect your heart. They also contain high amounts of fiber which keep you full longer and can also help decrease your risk of heart disease.
Try this recipe: Raspberry Coconut Shortcake Green Smoothie
Blueberries are high in flavonoids (antioxidants) that reduce blood pressure. A handful a day may help decrease your risk of heart attack. Plus they can be found in most grocery stores year-round either in the fresh or frozen section. A perfect purple boost to add to any green smoothie.
Try this recipe: Strawberry Blueberry Banana Green Smoothie (contains blueberries and orange)
Loaded with Vitamin C, citrus is great for heart health with its antioxidant benefits. Not only that, but it contains fiber which is also your heart’s friend.
***Don’t throw away your citrus peels. Before you peel them, zest them to take the bitter outer skin off. Then toss all of it in the blender or freeze for later use. The most potent flavor actually comes from the peel more so than the actual fruit because of the naturally occurring essential oils in the skin. Be sure to use organic citrus or wash your produce well if you’re using the peel to avoid toxins.
Try this recipe: Pomegranate Citrus Punch Green Smoothie (an orange in each serving!)
Who can resist a piece of chocolate? Not us! But we’re not talking just any old chocolate. We’re talking dark chocolate with at least 60-70% cocoa. It’s high in phenols which help prevent clogging arteries. Start by searching for some cacao nibs or cacao powder.
Try any of these recipes made with raw cacao powder.
Seeing a common theme here? Fiber, omega fatty acids, and vitamin c can all help strengthen your heart and keep your heart pumpin’ like a rawkstar!
Try one of these heart-healthy green smoothie recipes today!
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 2.7.2015 | COMMENTS: 11