This Valentine’s Day, we’re taking the time to focus on heart health, and one of the best ways to support our cardiovascular system is by eating the superfoods most known for benefitting the heart. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of these superfoods as well as some of our favorite recipes that incorporate them! Check them out below, and enjoy a healthy Valentine's Day celebration!
Organic Beet Root Powder - Beet root powder is known for supporting liver health, which is essential to our cardiovascular system. In fact, The American Heart Association has recommended the consumption of beets to support a healthy heart and blood pressure. One way to get your daily dose of beets is to drink this beet root latte every morning to promote the liver’s processing of fats as well as heart health:
Recipe: Beet Root Latte
Beet root latte mix:
- 8 tbsp beetroot powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
- Pinch tsp chilli powder
- 2 pinches sea salt
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
For each serving:
- 1 tbsp Beet root Latte Mix
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 c plant-based milk (almond, rice, oat, soy, and coconut will all work great here)
- Mix all ingredients in a glass jar.
- To serve, add 1 tbsp of the mix to a mug, 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir to combine, then top up with hot milk.
- Drink and enjoy!
- Dry mix will keep in a sealed jar in the cupboard for up to 6 months.
Pomegranate Juice Powder - Pomegranates have been shown to regulate blood pressure and increase blood pressure to the heart, preventing hardening of the arteries, and reducing cholesterol buildup. In order to strengthen your cardiovascular system, replace your morning smoothie with this cherry mint blast:
Recipe: Cherry Mint Blast Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh mint
- 2 cups leafy greens
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 3 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice powder
- Blend all ingredients in a high-power blender until smooth.
Organic Schisandra Berries - Dried schisandra berries support a healthy heart in a different way from what you might expect. Actually, the Chinese say that schisandra berries can “calm the heart and quiet the spirit” because they can provide relief for those suffering from irritability, stress, mental exhaustion, and chronic fatigue. Incorporate this syrup into your diet to keep your heart safe from stress:
Recipe: Schisandra Berry Syrup
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 1/2 cup schisandra berries
- 1-2 organic cinnamon sticks
- ¾ to 1 cup raw local honey
- 1.5 ounces brandy (optional)
- Combine herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice.
- Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil!
- Stir in brandy and bottle in sterilized glass.
- Label and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
Acai Berry Powder - Acai juice is full of anthocyanins, pigments that may protect artery walls from plaque concentrations and heart disease. Luckily, this acai juice in particular is totally natural and contains no added sugar, keeping your heart extra healthy. Any fan of smoothie bowls will love the deliciousness and benefits of an acai bowl:
Recipe: Acai Bowl
- Acai Bowl Bundle!
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or non dairy milk of choice)
- ½ cup ice
- Blend banana, strawberries, Organic Acai Berry Powder, Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder, almond milk and ice until smooth.
- Top with Organic Coconut Flakes, Organic Cacao Nibs and Organic Chia Seeds and optional slices bananas.