Food for the Heart

February is heart health month.  With this month many people think about the romantic heart and working on their romantic relationships, and that’s an important heart to work on.  But the heart I’m talking about today is the one that’s beating inside your body.  Research shows that heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  That’s a pretty scary statistic in my mind.  In thinking about that and the fact that I’d like to stick around for a little longer, I thought I’d check out what foods are most recommended for our hearts and share them with you.  If I’ve done a blog post on it I’ve linked it, and you’ll certainly be seeing some of those I haven’t done show up over the next few months.

Salmon (sardines, mackerel)
Oatmeal
Blueberries (strawberries and other berries)
Dark Chocolate
Citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits)
Soy
Potatoes (including sweet)
Tomatoes
Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, macadamia)
Legumes (lentils, limas, black beans, chickpeas (including hummus))
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine
Green tea
Broccoli, spinach, kale
Coffee
Flax seeds
Avocado
Pomegranate
Garlic

There are lots of delicious foods out there and just about everything can be consumed for the special occasion, they’re not recommended on a regular basis though.  Foods like these shared here and other super grains, vegetables, fruits and proteins are necessary to support your body’s processes and make sure it functions well.  What are you feeding your heart?

Better Beef Soup

Today we’re looking at our third variety of soup to warm you up this winter, soup with beef in it.

Beef and barley vegetable soup

Seared beef and noodle soup

Beef and coconut soup with crispy shallots

Beef stock for French onion soup

Vietnamese beef noodle soup with ginger

Roasted beef, mushroom and barley soup

Tortellini soup

Tomato beef soup

Cheesesteak soup

Beef and barley soup with mushrooms

Moroccan meatball soup with sweet potato

Mushroom and lentil soup

Mexican meatball soup

Boeuf bourguignon soup

Escarole and meatball soup

Teriyaki beef soup

Kansas City steak soup

Quick meatball minestrone

Chunky pot roast and portobello soup

Taco soup

Buckwheat soup with porcini beef and kale

What’s your favorite soup with beef?