5. Butternut Squash Soup
While the number 1 cause of cardiac arrest is heart disease, in Bill’s case it was the 5 Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. Rich in fiber, butternut squash is also low in fat making it a delicious and heart healthy alternative. From the American Heart Association comes this recipe that does add a bit of fat in the form of vegetable oil. But it should still hit the spot on a cold winter day!
4. Honey Garlic Salmon over Brussel Sprouts
Not all fish are created equal in terms of heart health. Farm-raised salmon however is at the top of the list for Omega 3 fatty acids. An ideal diet plan should include fish at least twice a week. Salmon are lean in fat, a healthy source of protein, and not in immediate danger of extinction from over-fishing. Combine this with ginger (which helps with heart disease and coronary disease) and brussel sprouts (rich in anti-oxidants) and you get a tasty, coronary-friendly meal! Click here for this recipe from How Sweet Eats!
3. Pepper and Garlic Pork Chops
Can pork really be a heart healthy option? That depends on a number of factors like the specific cut, how it’s cooked and how frequently you have this “other white meat.” The pork chop refers to any cut from the pig that is adjacent to the spine. A lean pork chop (like a sirloin) can be a good source of protein and zinc when eaten in moderation. Lean meats should make up no more then 10% to 20% of your total food intake depending on your current health. Check out the site Primavera Kitchen for a nice pork chop recipe that is baked with garlic (heart friendly) rather then fried. And if you’re not a huge garlic fan, look at substituting milder black garlic into the recipe instead.
2. Poached Hake with Spinach and Tomatoes
While the recipe says cod or seabass can also be used, steer clear of these less healthy alternatives. Cod is a lean fish (less then 5% fat), but it can also be high in mercury. Hake however is low in both fat and heavy metals. It’s also a less expensive alternative to other more popular fish.
1. Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Cuban mojo sauce is used in place of mayonnaise as a healthy alternative. Also the cabbage is high in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease. Check out this recipe from Tablespoon.com.