Heart-Healthy Veggies, Healthy Heart Month
February commemorates valentines and presidents…and American Heart Month, too. So we’re putting together our passion for healthy food with our love of healthy hearts — a winning combo, for sure!
A healthy heart needs a healthy body, which in turn means paying attention to what you eat. When you add fresh, frozen or even dried veggies to your meal (or snack), you’re getting important nutrients to keep your body strong, and amazing flavors to please your taste buds.
How do these veggie nutrients help your heart?
- Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, E and K help fight heart disease and support your immune system.
- Fiber helps keep your appetite satisfied so you don’t reach for unhealthy foods.
- Folate (vitamin B9) helps make healthy red blood cells and maintain your nervous system; it’s especially important for developing fetuses.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps your body produce energy.
- Vitamin B6 (pyroxidine) helps your body break down protein, supports healthy red blood cells, and contributes to the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is important for boosting mood and handling stress.
Get more heart-healthy living info from the American Heart Association.