Decorate your holiday table with this colorful, heart-healthy pomegranate relish. This simple, quick, low-sodium, no-cook recipe can also be make several days in advance since it stores well in the refrigerator. The antioxidant rich pomegranate is heart-healthy with the juice alone being studied to show greater antioxidant properties than red wine, grape juice, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice. The phytochemicals in the pomegranate may also help reduce bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. Click Here for Recipe
Rich in the heart-healthy ingredients of garlic, onions, peppers, and tomatoes - this homemade tomato salsa is high in antioxidant properties as well. One of these being the antioxidant nutrient of lycopene. Research has shown that the high lycopene content in tomatoes may help lower LDL (unhealthy) cholesterol. In addition, tomatoes may help keep blood from clotting which may help lower stroke risk. Click Here for Recipe
Fresh, ripe avocados are the main ingredient in this heart-healthy guacamole. Avocados are rich in essential, heart-healthy fats
that help benefit the heart and body as a whole. Over 75% of the fat in avocados are the good monounsaturated fat. These healthy fats may help lower heart problems including the reduction of high cholesterol. Avocados are cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and low-calorie containing approximately 80 calories each. In addition, avocados are highly nutritious with approximately 20 known vitamins and minerals. Including more vitamin C than oranges. Click Here for Recipe
This Honey Poppy Seed Dressing contains lemon juice and skins, making a delicious heart healthy recipe. The lemons provide rich antioxidants helping to deactivate free radicals which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the vitamins in lemons help strengthen the blood vessels. Lemons also help lower blood pressure and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL). Click Here for Recipe
Heart healthy recipes include this zesty, mint radish sauce – which is very versatile and a healthy complement to many foods including a spicy sauce for lamb or beef. Utilize this yummy yogurt sauce as a dip for heart healthy entertaining when serving with raw veggies – such as beets or carrots. This sauce is also great as a salad dressing over favorite greens. Nutritionally, radishes help the heart by lowering cholesterol levels, regulating blood pressure and providing general health benefits of vitamin C, folic acid and potassium. Radishes, being very high in fiber help in weight loss – which assists in overall health including the heart. Click Here for Recipe
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