And food is an important component of that upkeep. Make sure you're giving your heart the nutrition it needs with the help of these healthy main dish ideas.
Here's what you need to ensure your main dishes are packed with the nutrients your heart needs to stay on track.
Not only is salmon high in omega-3 fatty acids, but it's also tasty and doesn't need to be loaded up with heavy sauces to really shine. Coat your salmon in one of these delicious, light, citrus marinades, and grill it on the barbecue. Pair it with steamed vegetables such as broccoli and carrots and your favourite whole grain for a simple, heart-healthy main dish.
WebMD reports that both black beans and kidney beans are loaded with B-complex vitamins, niacin, folate, magnesium, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fibre. That's a long list of healthy goodies! These Mexican-fiesta vegetarian stuffed peppers are spilling over with such healthy ingredients as black beans and spinach and will make for a tasty and impressive meal.
Between the kidney beans and the sweet potatoes, this nutty autumn stew is a serious heart-health powerhouse. There isn't a single bad ingredient in this scrumptious and comforting dish, so you can satisfy your taste buds and do your body some good.
Tofu is loaded with important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. It also happens to make a great meat alternative. If you're in the mood for a light, healthy and creative meal, whip up these spicy tofu lettuce wraps (pictured above).
No surprise here — this leafy green is a true nutrient powerhouse. For a light, enjoyable dinner, check out these spinach- and cheese-stuffed tomatoes. Or try this spinach salad with couscous cakes. Spinach is such a versatile vegetable that you can throw a few handfuls into just about anything. Enjoy it in your next stir-fry, blend it into your favourite pasta sauce, or combine it with other greens for a flavourful salad any day of the week.
Rice often gets a bad name, but WebMD explains that brown rice is high in B-complex vitamins, fibre, niacin and magnesium, all of which are important for the health of your body. This stuffed butternut squash is an elegant and satisfying way to not just get your brown rice but to enjoy a little heart-healthy spinach as well. Or if you're in the mood for something with an Asian twist, whip up some vegetable fried rice.
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