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Cardiovascular health is one of the most important ways to care for your body as you grow older, and eating the right food is a great way to start. From superfood quinoa bowls to baked salmon, read on below for four of the best heart-healthy dinner ideas.
Strawberry walnut salad
Nothing says heart-healthy like a salad, and with the right ingredients, you can make one that’s as delicious as it is good for you. For this fresh strawberry walnut salad for two, start with roughly five ounces (or simply two plates full) of mixed greens or spinach.
Add in a pint of sliced fresh strawberries, half a cup of cherry or grape tomatoes, half a cup of walnut halves, and two ounces of crumbled feta cheese. Finally, add balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette, or another salad dressing of your choice.
Superfood quinoa bowls
To take your heart-healthy meals to the next level, try these quinoa bowls packed with a variety of superfoods. Cook six cups of quinoa and split it into four bowls (or resealable containers if you’re meal prepping). Top each bowl with cooked broccoli and split edamame, sliced avocado, roasted or raw almonds, a cup of chopped kale slathered with your favorite vinaigrette, and some toasted sesame seeds.
Lemon garlic salmon
Everyone knows fish is one of the best heart-healthy foods, and this simple lemon garlic salmon is a perfect recipe. Start by preheating an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and greasing a large baking pan. Then whisk together the juice of two lemons, three to four cloves of minced garlic, two tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Place two to three salmon filets in a bag or bowl and cover them with the marinade.
Let the salmon marinate for half an hour, and layer your lemon slices in the greased baking pan. Place the salmon filets on top of the lemons and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked through to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Flip the filets and place the lemon slices on top, then broil for three minutes. Garnish the dish with parsley and serve!
Healthy fish tacos
For another great fish recipe, try these heart-healthy fish tacos. Season four pieces of tilapia with a teaspoon of cumin, half a teaspoon of chili powder, and half a teaspoon of salt. To make the sauce, whisk together a third of a cup of sour cream, the juice of half a lime, a little bit of water, and chili powder and salt to taste.
In another bowl, mix a slaw of two cups of shredded cabbage, a quarter cup of shredded carrots, a quarter cup of chopped cilantro, a tablespoon of olive or avocado oil, the juice of one lime, and a quarter teaspoon of salt.
Cook the fish in olive or avocado oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat for four to five minutes on each side. Remove the fish, sprinkle it with a little lime juice, and break or cut it into smaller chunks. Finally, assemble the tacos with fish, slaw, and sauce on warmed corn or flour tortillas.