By Amanda Roland

Eat your veggies… a phrase we have all heard a thousand times. When we were young, we thought it was just something our mom’s asked of us to make our lives miserable, but now, it is a demand from our doctors to maintain our health. A healthy heart starts with vegetables that are high in nutrients to prevent heart disease and other heart-related issues. So, add these heart-healthy veggies to your plate –your heart will thank you.

Asparagus– There is one gram of soluble fiber in every cup on asparagus, which aids in lowering the risk of heart disease. Also, lots of vitamin K will assist in reducing your risk of getting blood clots.

Bell Peppers– Full of vitamin B and folate, these vegetables work to lower your levels of homocysteine, which can lower your risk of getting heart disease.

Garlic– This flavorful root veggie turns your red blood vessels into warehouses that produce hydrogen sulfide. This has been proven to relax your blood vessels and increase blood flow, therefore lowering your risk of heart disease.

Leafy Greens– Many leafy greens like salad greens; kale, spinach and cabbage are very rich in vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for blood coagulation and slowing the formation of calcium deposits in artery walls, all making your ticker run better.

Fresh Herbs– We don’t always think of herbs being heart healthy, but they have many benefits. Turmeric and rosemary are anti-inflammatory agents, ginger reduces blood sugar and cinnamon balances blood pressure. Also, if you use these yummy herbs to flavor your food, you can cut down on the salt, which is a heart-healthy choice.

Give these delicious veggies a try to make your heart the healthiest it can be. Bon appétit!