ABC, Lowcountry Live: Heart Health


This week on Good Food Friday, I shared foods and tips for a healthy heart. What we eat, plays a huge role in helping to keep our heart healthy. These are some tasty and convenient options for every meal of the day that have a heart healthy component.

Plant-based breakfasts

Starting the day with a balanced breakfast can help with weight management, which is important for heart health. Those that are pressed for time in the morning can seek out convenient options like the breakfast burritos by Sweet Earth, which is company that focuses on vegan and vegetarian products. Their breakfasts are completely meatless  but they are loaded with protein and fiber which comes from ingredients like the whole grain tortilla, veggies and plant-based protein like tofu and black-eyed peas. Pop these in the microwave or oven and breakfast is served.

Beans are a great protein alternative to meat

Beans are rich in protein but don’t contain animal fats which are the ones we should avoid in excess. Beans are also an excellent source of soluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol. Better beans have been slow cooked in small batches with spices and veggies resulting in great flavor profiles that you can add to tacos, soup and sandwiches at lunchtime, really conveniently.

High fiber snacks 

Nuts are a good source of heart-healthy fats and using them to replace saturated fats in the diet, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. I reccomend GoMacro bars to my client as a plant-based on the go snack option. They are made with nuts and whole grains so they have fiber and those good fats. They are also completely organic and plant-based. The ones I shared have fruit added, which has those vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 

Satisfy your sweet tooth

Legendary Foods nut butters are unique because they come in flavors that are meant to satisfy a sweet craving. We tried the apple pie almond and cashew butter, which is made with apples, their blueberry cinnabun cashew butter has blueberries, and their pecan pie almond butter. They are low in sodium which is good from a heart health standpoint and it’s a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth.