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Heart to Heart on Omega 3s

The latest edition of Heart to Heart Magazine, WakeMed Heart & Vascular’s quarterly heart health awareness publication, began hitting mailboxes late last week. 

The diverse editorial in this most recent issue includes articles on cardiac rehab, Ira David Wood’s valve replacement, and how joy can impact physical well-being. 

There is also an entire article on Omega 3s.  Fish is one of the best sources of Omega-3s, but choosing healthy fish can be difficult (see our previous blog) and not everyone likes fish.   As taken straight from the newest edition of Heart to Heart, there are lots of other sources of Omega 3s, including:

  • Go greens! Greens, such as collards, spinach, cabbage and kale, cooked or raw, offer Omega-3 goodness.
  • Try grass-fed meats. Studies have shown that they contain more omega-3s than their grain-fed counterparts.
  • Add more flaxseed meal to your diet. Find it at the grocery store, either on the baking aisle or the breakfast cereal aisle. Sprinkle it on yogurt.  Try 1 Tbsp. fl ax seed meal simmered in 3 Tbsp. water as a substitute for one egg in recipes. Use as a binder in your recipes for meatloaf, meatballs or casseroles. Search for recipes that use flax seed meal as a flour.
  • Omega-3 is also found in certain veggies, like broccoli, caulifl ower and Brussels sprouts.
  • Enjoy soy in bean or tofu form to put some Omega-3 in your day.
  • Walnuts! They’re crunchy and versatile and pack a punch of ALA. Try them in salads, on yogurt or with steamed veggies, roasted in homemade granola, ground up and used as a coating for chicken
    or fish

You can read the entire issue by clicking here.  Subscribe to Heart to Heart by clicking here.

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