We spend so much time focusing on the foods we want to eliminate from our diets, but what should you add to your plate for good health?
JJ Virgin: Let's start by focusing on our tickers. Women pay so little attention to heart disease, the leading cause of death in females. Here are five of my favorite foods to eat to help lower your risk.
5 Yummy Foods That Can Help Your Heart
This fabulous protein source is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids AND great antioxidants.
They're a great snack, and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fiber, and phytosterols that can help block cholesterol absorption. You can easily put them in a baggie and keep them on you as a healthy treat when you have to go too many hours between meals.
They're low on the glycemic index, high in fiber content, and loaded with great antioxidants.
You will need to practice portion control here BUT just three polite bites of dark chocolate (1-2 ounces) gives you a health boost for your heart because it's packed with antioxidants in the form of cocoa phenols (flavonoids). Dark chocolate can even lower blood pressure by producing more nitric oxide and support healthy cholesterol levels. Look for 70 percent (or higher) cocoa.
|JJ Virgin, PHD, CNS is a celebrity wellness expert, public speaker, media personality and author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless & Sexy, released May 2010. If you are frustrated with your body and feel like nothing you are doing is working, take her free quiz "Are You Weight Loss Resistant?" at www.jjvirgin.com and receive her monthly LEANzine loaded with insider information on fighting fat and getting lean for life!|