By Paige Green, Hy-Vee Dietitian on Tuesday, February 2, 2021


Foods that help your heart stay healthy

February is American Heart Month. This month is dedicated annually to raising awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. Research shows that, with healthy lifestyle and dietary changes, this disease can be prevented.

Get grocery guidance from the Hy-Vee nutrition experts for specific recommendations that’ll keep your ticker in tip-top shape.

Eat Seafood

A seafood dinner for two may be the perfect recipe for good health. Whether you decide to carry out or cook at home, incorporate fish to reap the omega-3 benefits. Fatty fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and herring are all great choices. Try including these twice a week to lower triglyceride levels as well as decrease inflammation. As you can see, it’s quite a catch!

TRY THIS RECIPE: Citrus-baked salmon

More Produce, Please

Spread a little love (and color) with the pigments lurking in the produce department. Whether it’s ruby red apples, vibrant berries or glorious salad greens, antioxidants are packed within, keeping our cells protected. Make room on your loved one’s plate for these essential foods groups as they can fill them up with fiber, a fabulous nutrient that aids with healthy cholesterol numbers.

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Snack on Nuts

Heart-shaped looking walnuts live up to their appearance quite nicely. Healthy fats are found within this pop-able snack, which protects the heart a small handful at a time. Include this crunchy nut on oatmeal, yogurt or in an afternoon trail mix treat and fill up with nutrients that your belly will love and the organ that we associate with that very emotion will, too.

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Drink in Moderation

Heavy drinking is linked to many heart-related problems including high blood pressure and stroke. While this may be heartbreaking to hear, keeping moderation in mind to protect this key muscle makes a toast worth clinking for. Moderate drinking is defined as one drink for women per day and up to two drinks daily for men. One drink equates to 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor, so “cheers” responsibly and your heart will pound proudly, too. 

If you love your heart, you’ll start shopping smarter. Don’t be a statistic. Let’s beat the odds and set ourselves up for success with a diet rich in heart disease-fighting foods.

PaigePaige Green received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the University of Northern Iowa in 2012. She pursued her passion for nutrition at Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics during the spring of 2015. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Paige truly sets out to educate individuals on finding a healthy balance in life and her passion for people and nutrition inspires clients of all ages. You can find Paige at the Ames Hy-Vee on Lincoln Way.