February is American Heart Month and that’s why this post is focused on learning about the risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Your genes, race and ethnicity affect your risk factors for heart disease and you can’t control those. However, there are many things you can do to lessen your risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease.
You may be taking a medication for heart conditions and I want to highlight the importance of taking your medications correctly. You can find more information at the American Recall Center. Also, diet is extremely important when speaking about preventing heart disease. To be called “heart-friendly” a recipe must have no more than 3g of saturated fat. Fish recipes can have up to 5g since the benefits of omega-3 fats outweigh the saturated fats.
Here is my suggestion for a low-fat, heart-friendly recipe: Broccoli, tuna and bean salad.
250 g frozen broccoli
200 g butter beans, drained
5 cherry tomatoes
100 g tuna in spring water, drained
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
How It’s Made?
Step 1: Cook frozen broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and rinse in cold water. Drain again and allow to cool.
Step 2: Place broccoli, drained butter beans, tomatoes and drained tuna into a serving dish.
Step 3: Sprinkle with black pepper. Add olive oil and gently toss the salad until well combined.
Enjoy this delicious heart-healthy recipe and add in a good dose of daily exercise — and you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.