Heart health seems like it’s always a topic of conversation, always something that should be a priority, or maybe something that’s just in the back of your mind without really knowing how to take charge of it. But what does having a healthy heart really mean?

The first step in understanding heart health is through education! We know that studies on heart health are endless and always growing, so we’ve broken down the basics of heart health here.

Prioritizing your heart health can feel so overwhelming that it may be tough to find a starting point. Believe it or not, there’s no need to completely change your diet or start training for a marathon. The most impactful changes you can make are small, incremental changes. This is because it is more likely that those small, everyday changes are here to stay, eventually forming habits without a second thought. Here are some dietary strategies to help you decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease that you can slowly integrate into the life you’re already living.

This Tabbouleh Couscous recipe is sure to get you inspired in preparing heart-healthy recipes! It incorporates olive oil, an unsaturated fatty acid, along with lots of herbs to bring out the flavor of this dish rather than salt. It is also loaded with fiber which helps lower cholesterol, which in turn keeps our heart pumping! For more nutrient-dense, fiber-rich recipes, check out our recipe page here.

Preparing heart-healthy dishes can be enjoyable and empowering when we know where to look. Check out this video with Tara, our Culinary Medicine Program Manager, all about making soup, and its benefits on heart health from a nutrition standpoint. Using these small incremental changes and knowledge nuggets, it’s easy to feel confident in taking charge of your heart health!