5 recipes for a healthy heart

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Healthy eating and having a healthy heart go hand-in-hand.

The more we nourish our bodies with tasty treats that are low in cholesterol and sodium, the happier our heart is! As part of Heart Month, we’ve highlighted 5 heart healthy recipes that you and your family can enjoy.

Whether you’re looking to try some delicious new recipes at home, or you want to focus on meals that strengthen your heart, our list below has something for everyone!

Grilled chicken barley bowl

This easy to prepare recipe is provided by the Heart and Stroke Foundation is both quick AND high in protein and whole grains that can help strengthen your heart. Try substituting chicken with turkey for a lower fat alternative.

Recipe: http://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/recipes/poultry/grilled-chicken-barley-bowl

Chickpea curry with rice

Curries are an excellent way to stay warm during the final chilly months of winter. But did you know that chickpeas are also an incredibly nutritious and cost-effective legume? Chickpeas are high in protein, iron and folate, which are all essential in keeping our hearts healthy and strong!

Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/chickpea-curry-with-rice/16616/

Cranberry granola crunch

A little bit of crunch is a great way to start your morning or to keep you full until your next meal. Granola is a high source of fibre, which is excellent for cholesterol and blood sugar management. This delicious and nutritious food is also high in iron.

Source: http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/recipes/cranberry-granola-crunch/

Grilled fish tacos

A healthy and delicious option for your #TacoTuesday. Fish tacos are a great choice for those looking to try something new on their fiesta night! Tilapia is a good source of vitamin B12, an important vitamin responsible for the formation of red blood cells. Not a fan of tilapia? Try substituting salmon, halibut or swordfish!

Source: http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a59766/grilled-fish-tacos-recipes/

Broccoli slaw

Though it’s not everyone’s favourite vegetable, there’s a reason why we have all been told to eat our broccoli. This super food is responsible for reducing cholesterol, as well as working as an anti-inflammatory. This recipe is also the answer to what you should do with broccoli stems – no waste here!

Recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/262662/quick-broccoli-slabrocw/