Health & Wellness

Help Lower Blood Pressure with These Six Well-Balanced Foods

Many people already know that by cutting back on their salt consumption they’re helping to lower their blood pressure. But did you know there are some foods that may help reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks? In addition to being low in sodium, these foods are also high in two of three power minerals: calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

The versatility of fat-free plain yogurt is impressive. Use in smoothies (for breakfast), use to make salad dressings, or use in desserts. Just one cup of fat-free plain yogurt offers up calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Did you know that kiwifruit provides more vitamin C than a same-size serving of orange slices? This tasty fruit also offers up calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Pork tenderloin is a lean cut pork that is lower in fat than what’s found in fattier beef and pork cuts. This cut offers up both magnesium and potassium.

The red bell pepper is one of those vegetables that can provide you with refreshing flavor or savory satisfaction. Raw, the red bell pepper is one of the most popular vegetables for party trays with dip. Stuffed and baked, the red bell pepper makes for an impressive presentation and the taste and texture is deliciously unique. This vegetable offers up calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Tilapia is one fantastic fish and provides magnesium and potassium. Bake, sauté, or roast. This fish is low in environmental toxins and is an environmentally friendly choice.

Put white beans on the menu. Choose no-salt beans or rinse well before using in salads, soups, or main entrees. Just 1 cup of white beans offers up calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Put these five favorites for lowering blood pressure on your grocery list this week and beyond.