According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The good news for aging adults is that a healthy diet in combination with an active lifestyle can help maintain heart health. Nutritionists at Wesley Enhanced Living recommend seniors eat more of these heart-healthy foods:
Seeds and nuts
Seeds such as chia seeds and flax seeds, and nuts like walnuts and almonds are smart to snack on. It is important to note that not all nuts are equal in nutritional benefits. The best nuts are ones like walnuts that are high in omega-3s, which help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). Chia seeds and flax seeds are also high in omega-3s, key nutrients, and fiber.
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries contain heart-healthy antioxidants that can fight cell damage. When craving something sweet, try eating berries or making a smoothie with them.
Salmon, Mackerel, and herring contain the most omega-3s that have the power to lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting and decrease triglycerides. Any calories that are not immediately utilized by the body are converted into triglycerides and stored as fat in the body.
This breakfast staple is high in protein and fiber, a combination that prevents overeating. The soluble fiber found in oatmeal can help balance cholesterol levels and lower the risk of developing heart disease.
Eating Healthy is Easy at Wesley Enhanced Living
Eating healthy foods doesn’t have to be boring or strict. Experiment with recipes to find delicious ways to incorporate heart-healthy meals. Also, follow the 80/20 rule, which encourages eating healthy foods 80 percent of the time and indulging in comfort foods 20 percent of the time. The culinary department at Wesley Enhanced Living also provides high-quality, nutritious, and delicious meals for our residents. Discover why our senior living communities are perfect for you! Contact us about our Independent Living, Personal Care, and Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing options today!
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