Making lifestyle changes to accommodate health concerns can be tough, but with guidance, it's less daunting. That's why we asked Abigail Kinnear, an RDN based in New York City, how to stick to a heart-healthy diet without compromising on taste. She explained that "fish is a great source of protein that has less saturated fat" than red meats, while Greek and nonfat yogurts are great for breakfast since they have less "saturated fat and the added bonus of protein." It's also important to incorporate "omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease fat in your blood, slow the rate of plaque buildup in your arteries, and lower blood pressure."
So we rounded up nine satisfying heart-healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner accordingly for you to click through below.Root and Revel
Just because you aren't devouring a stack of buttery, syrupy pancakes doesn't mean you can't have a breakfast you'll thoroughly enjoy. This shakshuka recipe fromВ Root and RevelВ brings your eggs to the next level with a flavorful tomato sauce.The First Mess
If you prefer sweets first thing in the morning, you should try this tasty and heart-healthy recipe for a vanilla bean millet porridgeВ brought to us byВ The First Mess. It's topped with sweet strawberries and several types of super seeds for an energetic start to your day.Mitzy at Home
As per Kinnear's suggestion, we made sure to include a yummy parfait that calls for Greek or nonfat yogurts. Just make sure your granola isn't packed with refined sugars. This version fromВ Mitzy at HomeВ features a bright and healthful fruit medley.ВHalf Baked Harvest
This veggie quinoa bowl fromВ Half Baked HarvestВ is the ideal thing to bring to work for a midday break. Now you can look forward to lunch. It contains plenty of protein and fiber, thanks to the gluten-free quinoa, plus omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado.Salt and Wind
If you're looking for something a little more satisfying than a salad for lunch, follow thisВ Salt and WindВ recipe that lets you wrap up your greens in a whole wheat taco. You can still reap the benefits of heart-healthy foods while feeling satisfied.Food Faith Fitness
When you want something more filling and warm for lunch, opt for thisВ Food Faith Fitness fish fillet with zesty lime sauce and avocado slices (hello, omega-3s) sitting atop a bed of cauliflower rice, which will give you the same satisfaction you'd get from regular rice with fewer negative consequences.Half Baked Harvest
When it comes to heart-healthy foods, salmon is probably the tastiest and most satisfying. This Sicilian recipe with garlic broccoli fromВ Half Baked HarvestВ looks particularly delicious.Hello Glow
If you're on the lookout for something comforting that won't break your heart-healthy diet, opt for this slow cooker Thai peanut curry recipeВ created byВ Hello Glow. It's filling, flavorful, and protein-packed, thanks to the peanuts.Salt and Wind
Here's another great main course fromВ Salt and WindВ that hits the spot no matter what you pair it with, and turkey is much leaner than red meats. This recipe is a bit more elaborate and involved, but if you're cooking for a special occasion or have extra time, it's definitely worth making.