Your parents weren’t wrong when they told you to “eat your fruits and vegetables”. Not only are they good for your overall health, but creating a daily habit of eating fruits and vegetables can have a huge impact on your heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Here are some of our top 5 favorite heart-healthy fruits and vegetables:
Berries: Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. You can add a serving of berries in with your oatmeal, smoothie, or make 2 ingredient ice cream with one part unsweetened coconut milk and one part frozen raspberries!
Spinach: A well-known superfood and Popeye’s favorite vegetable for a reason. Spinach is packed with health benefits from nutrients like potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, folate and vitamins A, C, and B6. Spinach doesn’t have a strong taste so it is easy to hide a serving in your morning smoothie, or add to a salad!
Carrots: This crunchy orange snack is another powerhouse of nutrients like calcium, vitamin A and C, potassium, and fiber that can help manage blood pressure. Carrots are used in all shapes and sizes. Baby carrots are great for a snack with dips, shredded carrots can be tossed into a salad or a sandwich, and large carrots are delicious baked with some beets, olive oil, and salt!
Broccoli: These baby trees come filled with vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, potassium, folate, calcium, and fiber. Not only is it good on its own, but broccoli can be used in soups and dips!
Papaya: This tropical summer fruit comes with a dose of fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and loaded with antioxidants! Papaya is great when ripe on its own, or mixed into a refreshing tropical smoothie with mango and pineapple!
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