Being heart smart often starts in the kitchen, but let’s face it—most of the delicious foods we’ve come to know and love aren’t exactly ones a cardiologist would give the thumbs up. Heavy, cream-based sauces; fried foods dripping with saturated fats; overly-salted…well, everything…The higher the placement on the “no no” list for heart-healthy food, the more tempting it is—and with good reason, as those are the ones that seem to pack the most flavor. Fortunately, all it takes is a few substitutions for the more fat- and calorie-dense ingredients we traditionally use as well as some new cooking techniques and voila! A satisfying meal that’s every bit as flavorful and tasty as its less-healthy counterpart. And while your heart will be thanking you over the fact that you’re showing it some love, your tastebuds will be doing a happy dance with every bite you take. Take a look at some of our favorite American Heart Association-approved dishes to get 2019 off to a happier and healthier start. Whether you’re craving seafood, Italian, or Indian, we’ve got some tasty noshes that’ll make your heart flutter with pleasure.
Click on any of the images below for a Heart Healthy Recipe to celebrate American Heart Month!