Let’s be real, everyone snacks. However, when many think of snacking they think of potato chips and ice cream…basically anything “bad” for you. However, what many people do not know is that there are plenty of snacks out there that are heart-healthy. Some of which have probably been sitting right in front of you for years.
As boring as “healthy snacks” might sound, you’d be surprised at just how tasty or common they are. Although many of these are probably already on your grocery list, pick up an extra bunch of these heart-healthy snacks the next time you’re at the store.
A snack that is very common and an ingredient people can get creative with! What many do not realize is that apples are a heart-healthy snack. Eating an apple daily appeared to lower levels of cholesterol. They are also high in fiber, and for every 10 grams of fiber that you eat your risk for coronary heart disease drops by 14 percent. They are delicious, yet low in calorie and a good alternative for a high-calorie snack that can increase weight gain, leading to an unhealthy heart. They also contain Vitamin C which lowers BMIs and lowers blood pressure, both of which link back to a lower risk of heart disease.
Other than being packed with tons of protein, nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and fiber. Unsaturated fats and fiber are known for lowering cholesterol, while omega 3 fatty acids can help prevent heart attacks, while Vitamin E can help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
Raisins contain fiber, iron, calcium and many antioxidants. One-half cup of raisins will give you 3.3 grams of fiber, which in turn can help prevent high blood pressure. Raisins are commonly known for lowering blood pressure, and a handful of raisins can lower one’s blood pressure instantly. Antioxidants in raisins fight the growth of a type of bacteria that can cause inflammation and gum disease. And dealing with gum disease can help you avoid heart disease.
Whether you are a fan of an alcoholic beverage or not, you can’t deny the fact that red wine can be good for you and your fragile heart. Studies have proven that a glass a day is very beneficial to your health, especially to your cholesterol. Besides, red wine is an awesome pair to any snack!
Many are surprised by the number of foods that are considered heart-healthy. Some of which you’ve already been consuming for years. Trattoria offers a lot of heart-healthy meals, from its appetizers to its desserts! It also has a long extensive list of wine that you can choose from! Visit our website or call us ahead to make a reservation!