Healthy Power Foods for Your Heart

Heart Disease

Our one-day heart-healthy menu is loaded with foods to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.

As a cardiologist, I’ve always urged my patients to focus on risk factors they can control, and a heart-healthy diet is paramount among them. This one-day meal plan will help you lower inflammation, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. I hope once you see how easy it is to nourish your heart, you’ll be inspired to indulge in these delicious power meals regularly.

For Breakfast

Low-sodium V8 vegetable juice cocktail (6 ounces): It’s loaded with heart-protecting lycopene, potassium, and antioxidant vitamins A and C.

Oatmeal (1 cup): The soluble fiber (5 g per cup) helps lower LDL cholesterol. For convenience, make a week’s worth and reheat what you need each morning. Add 1 cup each steel-cut oats and chopped dried apples, 3 tablespoons granular sugar substitute, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup fat-free (or 1%) milk to a 2-quart slow cooker rubbed with 1 tablespoon trans-free margarine. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Hard-cooked eggs (2): Repeat after me: Eggs do not raise cholesterol in most people.