Did You Know That These Snacks Can Keep Your Heart Healthy?

Snacks usually come with the perfect balance of nutrients, in a smaller form than a meal. Why is that? Well, snacks don’t lead to excess calorie intake, fullness, or unintentional weight gain. In fact, they can be great for keeping our hearts healthy.

A recent study discusses various healthy snacks so good for our hearts. Researchers also come with more in-depth observations and recommendations.

Here are five healthy snacks that your heart will really thank you for!

Pistachios

According to researchers, pistachios are a great heart-healthy snack. Every serving brings you 6gr of plant-based protein and 3gr of fiber, which is a bonus!

Pistachios may also help keep you fuller longer.

Dark Chocolate

“[…] dark chocolate is the easiest way to incorporate it as a snack; [it] contains more polyphenol flavonoids than most foods,” explained Kelly Jones, R.D., C.S.S.D.

What are polyphenol flavonoids?

Anti-inflammatory polyphenol can protect the cells that line blood vessels, aiding cardiovascular function and improving nitric oxide activity (good for dilating blood).

Salmon Jerky

Are you a fan of smoked, jerky salmon? If your answer is yes, then you’re lucky!

Salmon jerky is a convenient protein source, so great for your body. Also, salmon is one of the greatest sources of omega-3 EPA.

Cherries

According to Jones, cherries are more than meets the eye. They’re rich in polyphenol anthocyanins and have anti-inflammatory properties.

“[…] research has shown regular intake may be associated with improved cholesterol levels,” said Jones.

Well, how about a cherry tart now? 

Celery and Hummus

Celery is excellent not only because it is a vegetable and it is healthy to eat it. In fact, this vegetable comes with the highest amount of dietary nitrates!

Celery is also a necessary source of B-vitamin folate, supporting your cardiovascular health. So, if you’re a smoothie fan, forget about it.

Try eating the celery in its whole form with some tasty toppings like hummus!

 

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