4 no-cook, heart-healthy snacks you'll have to try
February is American Heart Month, and we’re celebrating with a round-up of tasty, no-cook, heart-healthy snacks that will keep you satisfied and on track. 80 percent of heart disease is preventable, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and that starts with relatively simple lifestyle changes.
When it comes to matters of the heart, raspberries are a superfood. A single cup of raspberries eaten three times a week (or more) can cut the risk of heart attack in women by 32 percent, according to research conducted at Norwich Medical School. Each serving also packs 8 grams of fiber and 44 percent of the vitamin C you need every day, with just 64 calories. Not too shabby.
Avocado tuna salad
Say you’re hosting friends for a card game or book club and want to share some light nibbles, why not try avocado tuna salad finger sandwiches or wraps? Simply drain a can of tuna and add to a bowl with a chopped avocado and chives to taste. Serve with sliced tomato and red onion on whole-grain bread or wrapped in lettuce.
Fruit, as you like it
Whether in a salad, a smoothie, juice or on its own — a great many fruits will give your heart a boost. For a quick-and-easy snack, reach for fresh grapes, apples, bananas, watermelon, kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, pineapples or peaches and you can’t go wrong. Low-sugar dried and dehydrated fruits, such as banana chips, are also a great option.
Pro-tip: It almost goes without saying that the same is true of veggies. If you have a taste for chickpeas, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, celery, carrots or radishes, indulge it!
Heart-healthy nuts (stick to unsalted varieties) and dried fruits unite with pretzels, M&Ms, popcorn and pumpkin seeds for a satisfying treat. And bonus! Pumpkin seeds have been credited as a sleep aid and muscle relaxant, in addition to serving as an all-star source of immune system boosting zinc.
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