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These 15 heart-healthy recipes are filled with powerfully protective antioxidants and nutrients. Look to good-fat fish, olive oil, and avocados, along with fiber- and vitamin-filled stars like flaxseed, bulgur, and berries.
Mango and Black Rice Chicken Salad
Serves 4 / Lean proteins, including skinless chicken, are low in artery-clogging saturated fat. Paired with whole grains for antioxidants and fiber, pine nuts for monounsaturated fats, and beta-carotene-packed mangoes, and you have a nutrient-rich lunch or supper. View recipe.
Panko-Crusted Catfish with Garlic Chard
Serves 4/ Panko breadcrumbs, found in the Asian food section, give fish a crunchy coating similar to that of dried fish, but without the fat and calories. View recipe.
Slow-Baked Salmon with Red Wine and Honey
Serves 4/ Low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids, this tender entree features a delicious, heart-healthy red wine sauce. View recipe.
Wheat Berry and Wild Mushroom Soup
Serves 8 / Significant fiber and plenty of antioxidants make whole grains like wheat berries (barley, bulgur), as well as beans, lentils, and split peas, key players in the arsenal of heart-healthy foods. View recipe.
Spaghetti with Almond Sauce and Vegetable Confetti
Serves 4 / Nuts and nut butters are rich in good monounsaturated fats, and vegetables in the dish contribute antioxidants and fiber. Using whole-grain noodles adds a heart-healthy dose of fiber. View recipe.