Apr 18, 2024, 03:20 PM IST

8 Healthy Snacks for Heart Patients

Emily Horn

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1. Walnuts 

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). A small handful can be a great snack.

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2. Oatmeal 

A warm bowl of oatmeal isn't just for breakfast. It's high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels. Top with some berries for extra heart health benefits. 

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3. Hummus 

Made from chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil, hummus is a good source of protein and healthy fats. Enjoy it with sliced vegetables like carrots and cucumbers for a filling snack.

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4. Avocado Slices 

Avocado is high in monounsaturated fats, which are good for heart health. Slice an avocado and sprinkle a little salt and lemon juice on top, or mash it to spread on whole-grain toast.

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5. Berries   

Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. They’re excellent for heart health and can be enjoyed on their own or as a topping on yogurt or oatmeal.

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6. Dark Chocolate   

Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids. It contains flavonoids that help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart and brain.

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7. Edamame 

These young soybeans are high in protein and fiber, plus they're a good source of antioxidants. Steam them and sprinkle a little salt for a snack that’s both nutritious and heart-friendly.

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8. Air-Popped Popcorn 

Popcorn is a whole grain and can be very heart-healthy when prepared without a lot of salt or butter. Try air-popping your popcorn and adding a small amount of olive oil and a sprinkle of your favorite herbs.

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