Learn the names of heart-healthy foods and the best ways to incorporate them into your daily diet.  

Grains: oats Advantages: A good source of soluble fiber, which helps reduce levels of harmful LDL cholesterol. Oatmeal with sliced fruit, chopped nuts or seeds, and a sprinkle of salt is a great way to start the day.  

Fish: salmon: Advantages: Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help calm inflammation. Use: Bake or grill salmon for supper, or toss canned salmon into salads and sandwiches.  

Greens with Leaves (Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard): Contains heart-healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; a boon to cardiovascular wellness. Incorporate: Sauté some leafy greens as a side dish or include them into a smoothie, salad, or soup.  

Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all types of berries: Advantages: Packed with heart-healthy vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Incorporate: Eat berries on their own, or include them with your morning cereal or yogurt.  

Gnuts (Pistachios, Walnuts, and Almonds): Among its many advantages is the fact that they are rich in heart-healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Add a handful of nuts to salads, eat them as a snack, or sprinkle them on top of yogurt and porridge.

Fruits such as avocados: Advantages: Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that may lower LDL cholesterol. For a healthy twist, try making guacamole instead of mayonnaise or spreading avocado on toast. You can also add slices to salads and sandwiches.  

Chickpeas, beans, lentils, and other legumes: Advantages: Packed with heart-healthy minerals, protein, and fiber. Legumes can be used as a foundation for many dishes such as soups, stews, and salads. They can also be made into bean dips like hummus.  

Dressing Made with Olive Oil: Advantages: It has heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that lower LDL cholesterol. Assemble: Drizzle olive oil over veggies and whole-grain foods, use it as a cooking oil, or mix it into salad dressings.  

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