Making sure you eat the right foods is just as important as exercise! That’s why we came up with this list of the best heart-healthy foods that you should be adding to your daily green smoothie. We recommend adding at least one or two items to your blend along with your favorite green smoothie to keep your heart healthy1.
6 Heart-Healthy Foods for Green Smoothies
1. Oats: Naturally high in fiber, oats are like magnets to bad cholesterol helping eliminate it from the body2. The fiber will also give you the sensation of feeling fuller longer, keeping hunger at bay.
2. Nuts: Not only are nuts super high in fiber, but they bind to and help eliminate bad cholesterol3. Almonds and pine nuts contain high amounts of Vitamin E which help strengthen artery walls with their high antioxidant levels. Nuts are also packed with omega fatty acids which can help decrease your risk of heart disease.
3. Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are rich in heart-healthy omega fatty acids4. They also contain high amounts of fiber which keep you full longer and can also help decrease your risk of heart disease.
4. Blueberries: Blueberries are high in flavonoids (antioxidants) that help reduce blood pressure. Researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent5.
5. Citrus: Loaded with Vitamin C, citrus is great for heart health because of its antioxidant benefits6. While vitamin C is certainly important in terms of the health benefits of citrus, these fruits also contain folate, vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber, and flavonols, all of which are also very important for promoting good overall health.
6. Dark Chocolate: Who can resist a piece of chocolate? Try adding some dark chocolate to your morning (or mid-day) smoothie with at least 60-70% cocoa. It’s high in phenols which help prevent clogging arteries.
Fiber, omega fatty acids, and vitamin c can all help keep your heart healthy! NATURELO’s Raw Greens Whole Food Powder harnesses the superpower of natural and organic green foods — like spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella, alfalfa, and kale — plus other organic fruit, vegetable, and herb ingredients to help keep your heart healthy.
1. Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease
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3. Nut Consumption and Risk of Hypertension in US Male Physicians, 2008 Oct 2
4. Omega-3 in fish: How eating fish helps your heart
5. Blueberries improve biomarkers of cardiometabolic function in participants with metabolic syndrome—results from a 6-month, double-blind, randomized controlled trial, 28 May 2019
6. Vitamin C lowers blood pressure and alters vascular responsiveness in salt-induced hypertension, 2002 Dec;80(12):1199-202