Heart Healthy Diet: Top 10 Recipes for American Heart Month

Heart Healthy Recipes for American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease affects millions of lives each year. Not just through the approximately 610,000 who die every year, but all of the loved ones they leave behind. We can make choices every day to take better care of our tickers. And since February is also the month of Valentine's Day, it's even more appropriate to love that heart of yours. One way is to prepare heart healthy meals and snacks that are low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. Here's a handy guide for knowing which fresh produce is in season, to give you some inspiration for home cooked heart healthy meals. Of course many of these items are available year-round, but the seasonal chart shows you when they'll be at their best.

One root vegetable whose freshest season is winter is the beet. Try this berry beet ginger smoothie to jumpstart your healthy day with breakfast, or as a mid-afternoon snack. It contains coconut milk, avocado, and chia seeds in addition to berries, and turmeric. Each of these has a multitude of known health benefits. Plus you've known since you were a tyke that spinach was good for you, thanks to Popeye. Can we also just say that the red color of this tasty drink fits right in with the Valentine's Day theme?

Now click through our gallery of more heart healthy recipes and be kind to your heart.