The foods you choose to eat can have a profound effect on your heart for better or for worse.
Salsa – This tasty, low-calorie dip provides a cornucopia of heart-healthy foods including tomatoes, onion, peppers, and garlic. These foods provide fiber, vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants, all working together in powerful synergy to protect your heart and arteries.
Lentils – When it comes to heart health, this simple food has a stellar nutritional pedigree. Lentils are brimming with cholesterol-lowering fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6 and provide more folate than any other food. Lentils cook quickly, requiring no presoaking and tend to cause less gas than other beans/legumes.
Brown Rice – This true whole grain is a fantastic choice for boosting heart health. Whole grains like brown rice provide a superstar package of several artery-friendly nutrients including fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals. People that include whole grains regularly in their diets have lower cholesterol levels and get less heart disease.
Ginger – This spice kicks up the flavor of your dishes and comes with the added benefit of mega-watt anti-inflammatory power. Ginger is teaming with a group of plant chemicals called xanthenes that are one of the most potent naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents nature provides. Inflammation is the root cause of heart disease so enjoy this spice regularly to help protect your heart and arteries.
Lentils are arguably the cream of the legume crop both for health and ease of preparation.
Place the lentils in a colander and pick over and remove any stones or foreign objects. Rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear.
Heat the oil in a heavy stock pot. Add the carrot, onion, garlic, and bay leaf. Sauté over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the lentils and chicken stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are tender throughout, but still hold their shape. Remove from the heat. Season and serve.
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