Since we are focusing on the heart this month, we thought that it would be fun to spotlight the top ten red foods that promote heart health (and are delicious, too!).
- Bell Pepper
- Red Cabbage
- Red Beans
- Red Grapes
Here are some fun and easy ways to incorporate these foods into your heart-healthy diet:
- Pomegranate Smoothie: Combine 1/2 cup pomegranate juice with 1 cup mixed frozen organic berries and 1 tbs. chia seeds. Blend and enjoy the combination of fiber, omega-3s, and antioxidants. Per Serving (1): 190 calories; 3 grams of fat; 38 grams of carbs; 4 grams protein
- Stuffed Bell Peppers: Saute 1/2 chopped onion, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, and 1 chopped zucchini with 1 tsp. ground cumin, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mash 1 cup cannellini beans and add to the mixture. Cut the tops off 3-4 red bell peppers and remove the seeds and ribs. Thinly slice a small piece from the bottom of the pepper to create a flat surface. Fill each bell pepper with the mixture. Place the bell peppers in a glass or ceramic baking dish and cover with foil. Place in a preheated oven (350F) and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the pepper is soft. Remove, let cool and serve. Per Serving (3): 96 calories; 0.4 grams of fat; 20.7 grams of carbs; 6.5 grams protein
- Yogurt Parfait: Layer a tall glass with 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 2 tbs. granola, and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and raspberries. Repeat layers and top with 2 tbs. chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pistachios).
- Frozen Watermelon Balls
- Quinoa (cooked) topped with marinara sauce and roasted vegetables
- Polenta rounds topped with roasted red bell peppers and shaved Parmesan cheese.