On a personal level, what could be both more important and more basic than taking care of your heart?
February is American Heart Month, but the Juice Plus+ mission of inspiring healthy living around the world means that heart health is a central part of our vision year-round. Diet, exercise, hydration, managing to get good sleep and keep stress at bay — all these work together for heart health.
"But are there recipes?" we hear you asking. "This blog post title promised me recipes."
There are recipes! From our hearts to yours. But first:
What are your favourite heart-healthy dishes or tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments below!
Morning Glory Overnight Oats
Cinnamon, ginger, carrot, yum. Bonus points for being something you make ahead of time for busy mornings.
Heart health note: The benefits of whole-grain oats (not the instant stuff) include a decreased risk of heart disease.
These are so easy to make — five minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of letting these rich smells fill your kitchen.
Heart-health note: Apart from tasting great, lentils are high in soluble fibre, magnesium, and folate.
Asparagus, Pea, and Tomato Quinotto
Yes, it's a quinoa-based variation on risotto. And yes, it is delicious.
Heart-health note: Quinoa contains a bit of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids (which are also featured in our Omega Blend!). It's one reason quinoa is part of Complete by Juice Plus+ nutrition bars.
Chickpea Polenta with Olives
Tomato, Kalamata olive, a little cheese: There's a lot to like here. Don't let the ingredient list put you off — prep on this one is simpler than it looks.
Heart-health note: Chickpea flour is gluten free and packed with nutrients, including fibre and protein. P.S. Is chickpea powder part of Complete by Juice Plus+ shake mix? Yes, it is.
Ginger and lime juice jazz up this American Heart Association recipe.
Hearth-health note: Blackberries (and many of their purple cousins) are high in anthocyanins. We've talked about anthocyanins and heart health before — and blackberries are part of our Berry Blend capsules and chewables.
Simple Almond Cookies
These flourless cookies are so, so good — with or without the bittersweet chocolate.
Heart-health note: Monounsaturated fats, like those in almonds, are being linked to heart health.