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! Find seasonal recipes and meal plans to help you and your whole family eat healthier. This summer, use fresh fruits and vegetables to create heart-healthy dishes for every meal and occasion. Try these affordable, delicious recipes and helpful healthy eating resources from our partners at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the American Heart Association (AHA).
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH Diet, 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: