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11 Ideas for Heart-Smart Meals

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Benefits: Salmon is full of heart-protective omega-3 fats, and brown rice is a delicious source of whole grains Asparagus has fiber as well as folate, which may help cut your odds of getting heart disease.

10. Garlicky Broccoli Pasta: Hearty and Heart-Warming

Garlic, 1 head, with cloves peeled and finely chopped
Broccoli, 1 head, chopped into bite-size pieces
Whole wheat linguini or spaghetti, cooked according to package directions

Sauté garlic (as much as you’d like) in a little olive oil. Meanwhile, steam broccoli lightly, and then sauté it briefly with the toasted garlic. Add red pepper flakes if you like a little heat. Toss the mixture with whole wheat pasta. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and serve. 

Benefits: Broccoli has fiber and a natural chemical called sulfurophane, which may help keep blood vessels healthy. Garlic helps curb inflammation in your body. And whole wheat pasta is a tasty source of heart-healthy fiber. 

11. Skinny Hot Cocoa: An After-Dinner Chocolate Fix

Vanilla almond milk, 6 ounces
1 or 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder

Heat almond milk gently in a small saucepan, stirring in cocoa powder. (Be sure to dissolve any lumps.) Pour into a mug and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Benefits: Cocoa powder contains plant chemicals that help keep blood vessels healthy and blood pressure low. Almond milk has antioxidants that help protect your heart.

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Reviewed on February 25, 2014

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