Time to roast, toast and get the most out of your dinner. Preheat the oven, slip into those baking mittens and get ready to cook something that makes your heart happy – and healthy, too.
All accompaniments of this dish help compliment your cardiovascular health. Here’s how:
- Garlic: A star member of the allium family, garlic has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. These help reverse blood vessel damage that can lead to plaque and clogged arteries.
- Beets: The naturally occurring chemicals in beets help your body manufacture nitric oxide which helps relax and dilate your blood vessels. This leads to improved blood flow and lowered blood pressure.
- Potato: The potassium, calcium and magnesium found in potatoes are known to naturally decrease blood pressure. When it comes to consuming potatoes, aim for freshly roasted or baked instead of french fries or chips which contain unhealthy fat and unnecessary salt.
- Spinach: An excellent source of folate, which works closely with Vitamin B6 to lower homocysteine in the blood, which is associated with heart disease.
Your friend, Fiber
Love this meal so it can love you back. Ingredients in this garlicky chicken dish contain healthy amounts of fiber. Dietary fiber lowers cholesterol by “sweeping” away the bad stuff. Eating fiber regularly increases the overall quality of your diet and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also makes us feel full, discouraging cravings and overeating.