If you really love your heart then avoid picking up the unhealthy stuff from drive-ins and the candy aisles of supermarkets. Instead, get into your kitchen and make some homemade heart healthy snacks, to give your cardiovascular health a real boost. Here is a list of some quick and easy snacks that will not only ensure a healthier heart, but may also help you in shedding a few extra pounds.
Veggie sticks with Hummus
Pick up some fresh salad vegetables like cucumber and carrots, cut them into sticks and enjoy them dipped in some homemade hummus. Vegetables are always on the top of every heart healthy diet because they are low on calories, loaded with antioxidants and contain a good amount of fiber. Chickpea made hummus scores well above the other salad dressings and dips, because it’s completely free of saturated fats and is also a great source of proteins. The combination is awesome, and it’s definitely worth a try.
Skewered fruits with dark chocolate sauce
If your sweet tooth is craving for a bite, then this is a lovely heart healthy sweet snack to satiate the desire. While the fruits will bring in the vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, the dark chocolate will provide you with the flavinoids. Flavanoids are a group of heart healthy antioxidants. To make it, cut the fruits into large, but bite size, pieces and pour the dark chocolate sauce over them.
If you want to make it a bit more exotic, dust some powdered sugar onto the skewered fruits, and grill the fruits slightly. The grilling is only to slightly caramelize the dusted sugar and not to cook the fruits, so grill them on high heat for a just a minute or two. Finally, pour the chocolate sauce over them and they are ready to be served.
Yogurt with fruits and nuts
This heart healthy snack is the easiest to make, very filling and very tasty. All you need is a cup of fat free yogurt, diced fresh fruits and some chopped nuts. This recipe is again full of antioxidants, has no saturated fats and the nuts will provide you with some essential fats and healthy fatty acids. Even if you do add in some sugar to make it sweeter, it will still remain healthier than the market bought desserts.