A Heart-Healthy Recipe: Red Beans and Tuna Fish Salad
There’s really nothing quite like a beloved family member having to undergo open heart surgery to make you think (long and hard) about heart health, heart healthy foods and drinks, heart healthy activities, and heart healthy recipes.
I’ve been researching the most heart healthy foods lately. I found a great list of the 25 Top Heart Healthy Foods on WebMd. Some of the foods listed are:
- Brown Rice
- Dark Chocolate
I hope you’ll click the link above and see the rest. Even more importantly, I hope you’ll write the list down and add the recommended foods and drinks to your daily diet. Even if you just add a few to your everyday routine, the benefits will improve your heart’s health. Don’t wait until you’re sitting in front of a grim-faced doctor before you do something about your heart’s health!
I’m kicking off a new category here on the food blog dedicated entirely to heart health. I’ll have heart-healthy recipes, foods, heart healthy food reviews, foods to buy and foods to never buy, etc. I’m kicking things off today with a recipe I whipped up for lunch. I have my uncle (the beloved family member in need of open heart surgery) very much on my mind this week. I’m also thinking about the rest of my beloved family members – and thinking of ways we can, hopefully, protect ourselves from heart disease.
Naturally, I’m beginning to experiment wildly with heart-healthy foods. I want to add a lot of recipes to the food blog that are heart-healthy, simple, economical to make, fast and easy, and (as often as possible) made with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
The first recipe up is one I actually just made and enjoyed. Naturally, feel free to add more garlic, or less if you’re so inclined. In fact, add more or less of any of the ingredients – custom fit it to your own tastes. Made as I did, here, the tuna fish flavor is delightfully front and center. Just be sure to leave in the lime – it adds a beautiful little kick.
Red Beans and Tuna Fish Salad
15.5 oz can Red Beans
5 oz. can Chunk Light Tuna in water
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 chopped green onion (white and green parts)
A couple of cloves of garlic, minced OR 1/4 tsp Garlic Gold Sea Salt Nuggets
Juice from 1/2 a lime
Combine all of the ingredients and eat to your heart’s content. Literally. I used 1/4 tsp Garlic Gold Sea Salt Nuggets (review of Garlic Gold products and recipes coming tomorrow) in my recipe, but you could substitute minced garlic.
If you’d like a little crunch, add whole wheat croutons.
For more heart-Healthy foods, see: 24 Heart-Healthy Foods