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5 Dietary Changes To A Healthier Heart

Feb 27, 2024 | By: Natural Delights

Embarking on a journey toward heart health doesn't have to mean cutting back; it's about enriching your diet with simple, yet meaningful additions. By weaving these five easy enhancements into your weekly routine, you can take significant strides toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Go Nuts with Nuts and Seeds


Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, are renowned for their heart-protective properties. These small but mighty sources of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and healthy fats are instrumental in promoting heart health.

I love to enhance my nutty snacks with a hint of natural sweetness by incorporating Natural Delights Medjool Dates. Whether I'm mixing them into my morning oatmeal, stirring them into my afternoon yogurt, or enjoying them as a protein-packed trail mix, adding Natural Delights Medjool Dates brings a delightful sweetness that's both healthy and heart-friendly.

Add a Splash of Color to Every Dish


A diverse intake of vegetables and fruits is crucial for obtaining a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, each contributing uniquely to heart health. Natural Delights Medjool Dates, in particular, offer a noteworthy contribution with their fiber, potassium, and magnesium content, supporting blood pressure regulation and overall heart function. Dive into a bowl of Brussels sprout date salad to start adding more colorful fruits and veggies to your meals for a healthier heart.

Use Olive Oil When Cooking


Olive oil, a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, is celebrated for its monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, which offer significant cardiovascular benefits. A drizzle over salad, a base for sautéing, or a heart-friendly swap for butter, olive oil is a great kitchen helper for making food taste great but also embrace our heart's health. Start with this delicious Mediterranean salad with grilled chicken.

Incorporating Meatless Meals


Reducing meat consumption and embracing plant-based proteins can have a favorable impact on heart health. This isn't just about subtracting meat but replacing animal meat with plant-based alternatives like legumes and tofu. This provides both variety and heart-healthy nutrients in your diet. Introducing meatless meals three times a week can be both an enjoyable and nutritious practice, contributing to a balanced and heart-conscious diet. Whether adding beans to your smoothie, stacking your sandwich with tofu toast, or savoring a Moroccan inspired chickpea and date Tagine, each meatless meal is a step toward a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Prioritizing Omega-3 Rich Fish


Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly those found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, are pivotal in reducing inflammation and decreasing the risk of heart disease. Regularly incorporating these omega-3-rich fish into your diet supports heart health and can be easily achieved with simple, quick-to-prepare recipes that cater to a busy lifestyle. Find 30 dietitian-approved delicious low-sodium salmon recipes to get started on your omega-3 journey.


You don't need to make big changes to eat in a way that's good for your heart. Just slowly start choosing healthier foods every day. Eating for your heart can be fun and there are lots of different foods to try, no matter what you like to eat. Make each meal and snack a step toward a healthier, happier you.



Veronica Rouse is a Registered Dietitian and founder of The Heart Dietitian. She cares about helping people make smart food choices to improve their heart health and does so by harmonizing heart health research with real-life eating habits. Veronica believes that making small and lasting changes to how we eat can make a big difference for our hearts.

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