Top 8 Heart Healthy Foods

July 31, 2014

Want to improve your cardiovascular system one bite at a time? Cutting down on dangerous fatty foods is one way to make this happen, but indulging in plenty of greens, fruits and legumes will fill your body with essential nutrients to stay fit and healthy. Here are eight healthy meals which are sure to pull on your heart strings.


What isn’t salmon good for? Filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which are perfect for maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system. Serve salmon grilled, smoked and seared to gain all the necessary vitamins and nutrients.


Filled with antioxidants, this snack is perfect to curb any sugar cravings throughout the day. Raisins also have healing properties which fight against inflammation, and help to protect the body from bacteria.


Sprinkle ground-flaxseed powder onto your yoghurt, cereal and everything in between to get a daily serving of omega-3 fatty acids. Unsaturated fats such as those found in flaxseed and salmon help to fight against heart disease.

Whole grains

Not only are whole grains filled with fibre for a healthy digestive system, but those who eat more are less at risk of suffering from heart disease. Whole grains contain antioxidants and phytoestrogens which also decrease cholesterol levels.


Next time you’re feeling hungry, why not snack on a handful of almonds instead? They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fibre, and polyunsaturated fats to regulate the digestive system, clear skin and improve the state of your heart.

Red wine

Yes, you are reading correctly! Red wine is filled with catechins which improves the amount of good cholesterol in your heart.


Sulforaphane is found in broccoli which is proven to unclog arteries and decrease the chance of stroke or imminent heart attack. Add broccoli to your meal at least 2 times a week to enjoy all the benefits.


Beans are filled with soluble fibre which target the build-up of cholesterol in the heart. These are the same benefits which are also found in red wine.

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