Autumn has officially arrived and with its arrival comes an abundance of heart-healthy foods to incorporate into your daily diet.
Whether you’re looking to revamp your diet or simply try something new; now is the time to sample the delicious autumnal foods are out there, whilst also looking after your heart health at the same time!
Autumn is the perfect time of year to kickstart your healthy eating habits, however it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet all year round. A balanced diet that is rich in nutrients can help to lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The team at Vitabiotics Cardioace have provided a list of their top 7 heart healthy foods in season this autumn; to help you boost your heart health through a delicious and varied diet!
If you want a tasty, nutritious treat to add to your diet this autumn, then blackberries are a great place to start. Blackberries contain calcium, which can contribute towards normal heart function.
The blackberry season in the UK begins in June and ends in November, making now the perfect time of year to sample these delicious fruits.
Did you know: There are around 2,000 varieties of blackberries worldwide!
Salmon contains Omega-3 which is rich in both DHA and EPA contributing to the normal function of the heart. Salmon and other oily fish contain what is often referred to as ‘healthy fats’ and it is recommended to eat them every week.
If you’re looking for new ways to incorporate salmon into your diet, why not try simple grilled salmon. Season your salmon fillet with a bit of salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil before cooking it under the grill. Combine the cooked fish with seasonal vegetables to make a delicious autumnal meal!
Autumn is a great time of year to incorporate tomatoes into your diet, as the tomato season runs from June through to October.
These juicy fruits contain lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A; making them the perfect tasty and nutritious addition to your meals this autumn.
Both raw and cooked tomatoes have been found to provide health benefits, so you can enjoy tomatoes in a variety of forms, whilst promoting a healthy heart at the same time!
Broccoli has an impressive nutritional make-up and better yet, it is in season at the start of autumn. Now’s the time to stock up on this brilliant vegetable and experience its health benefits.
Not only is broccoli delicious, it also contains vitamin E, vitamin C and zinc, which can contribute to the protection of the cells.
Broccoli tastes great on its own, however, add a dash of soy sauce, honey and sesame oil to your cooked broccoli floret to make a flavour-packed side dish for any meal.
You can enjoy beetroot in a variety of different forms these days; from pickled beetroot to beetroot smoothies and even in cake! No matter how you choose to consume this hearty autumnal vegetable, you’ll be sure to experience the wealth of health benefits that come with it.
Did you know: You should look for beetroot with the leaves still attached, so that you know it’s fresh.
Amongst many other green vegetables, spinach contains a range of nutrients that can help towards promoting heart health as well as overall well being.
In order to preserve the nutrients in spinach leaves, it’s better to steam, stir fry, or eat them raw to get the maximum nutritional value.
Top tip: When making a fruit or vegetable smoothie, add spinach leaves to add an extra health kick.
Most of us simply think of walnuts as a delicious, crunchy snack, however did you know that they are also an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids?
Walnuts are available throughout autumn and the omega-3 fatty acids within them can help to promote a healthy heart as well as helping to maintain overall health.
The best way to enjoy walnuts is raw, without any additional salt or oils. Add a few chopped walnuts to a healthy salad to add an extra depth of flavour and texture!
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This post was contributed to Life, Love and Dirty Dishes