Heart Health Month

Since we are right in the heart of Heart Healthy Month, many people are trying to be more conscious of their diets. Heart healthy foods can lower your blood pressure and your LDL cholesterol if eaten regularly. Heart healthy foods include beans, whole grains, and healthy fats like nuts, seeds, and avocado. But, these foods often get a bad rap for being boring or uninteresting. One of my goals as a dietitian is to make people realize that heart healthy foods can be delicious and are super easy to incorporate into your diet.

You don’t have to start from scratch when eating healthy or find all new recipes. You can easily adapt some of your favorites to be a little healthier.

Here are some quick tips to change your recipe:whole-foods

  • Roasting and blending garlic and shallots creates a super flavorful condiment that can be added to your mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, or any dish that is craving more flavor
  • Instead of heavy cream: try switching to almond milk, coconut milk, or for savory dishes using vegetable stock
  • Add (sneak in) frozen dark leafy greens to your soups, stews, pasta sauce, casseroles, etc. If you’re worried about them being too noticeable, blend them up first so they hide right in!
  • Instead of processed sugars: try switching to dried fruits so you can still enjoy that sweet flavor but you’re also getting fiber, vitamins, and minerals
  • If you’re baking: use applesauce, flax seeds, or chia seeds in place of butter, egg and oil.

Try this recipe online for chocolate mousse that is both delicious and nutritious!

*All information associated with monthly Whole Foods Market content is sponsored by Whole Foods Market as a partnership with University of Denver Athletics & Recreation, and not provided by trainers or staff of the Coors Fitness Center.