Recipes for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

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A heart-healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices. Eating a variety of foods rich in nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and protein and lower in sodium and saturated fat can help keep your blood pressure low and protect against heart disease and stroke.

Eating heart-healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bland. In fact, it can be easy and delicious! Spring is the perfect season to load up on more fruits and vegetables. Keep your meals fresh and flavorful with these inspired, heart-healthy dishes for every occasion. Recipes with an asterisk are low sodium, which means they have 140 mg of sodium or less per serving.

Try these affordable, delicious recipes and helpful healthy eating resources from our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); and the American Heart Association (AHA).

Make a Meal Plan

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan includes foods that are low in sodium, which can increase blood pressure, and high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which help lower blood pressure. Find sample meal plans at these links:

Page last reviewed: October 10, 2019