Number 1: Tomatoes!
Tomatoes are jam-packed with nutrients that your heart will thank you for! These include lycopene, folate, potassium and Vitamins A, B, C & E. Lycopene works to keep your blood from clotting, and potassium actually lowers your blood pressure by reducing the levels of sodium in your body.
Slice up some cherry tomatoes as an easy snack at work or home!
Number two: Spinach leaves!
Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables around! It contains vital properties such as lutein that can assist in reducing chronic heart inflammation.
Did you know that the best way to eat spinach leaves is actually raw? When you cook spinach, it can break down the lutein which is therefore less beneficial. Eating the leaves raw, and more specifically, chopped, releases the most amount of lutein which will have the best impact on your health.
Swap out lettuce for some spinach leaves instead for an extra nutrient boost!
Number three: Asparagus!
Asparagus contains a particular vitamin called Vitamin B6, which has been known to lower the levels of an amino acid called homocysteine. This amino acid has been linked to heart disease, so the more asparagus, the better!
Try frying some up in a yummy stir-fry or on the side of some pan-fried salmon!
Number four: Capsicums!
Capsicum also contains nutrients that work to reduce the levels of homocysteine, similar to Asparagus.
Cut up some capsicum sticks as a quick and easy lunch or on the side of some BBQ meat! Maybe even make up some avo dip to go with it! Yum!
Number five: Broccoli!
Broccoli is rich in many nutrients, including Vitamin C, which has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease.
We love a delicious Broccoli soup!