The key to a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle is maintaining a balanced diet that’s packed full of the good stuff.

We’re talking fibres, low carbs, and vital vitamins.

But it’s also about finding the good stuff that you enjoy eating on a regular basis. For all healthy eating is crucial for our bodies, the incentive just won’t be there if you don’t actually enjoy the food you’re consuming. The result? You begin to detest the process of transforming your lifestyle to incorporate the right food your body needs.

Of course, it’s always easier said than done.

It’s easy to assume that when we’re told to eat a healthy diet, we need to fill our plates only with what we feel is the ‘right’ food.

The key here is to add essential heart-healthy ingredients to your meals as part of a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re thinking about making a curry for your dinner, you might want to think about adding more sweet potato and nuts on top of the vegetable rice.

If lasagne is your favourite mid-week meal, adding spinach and reducing the grated cheese is a great way to retain flavour whilst adding ingredients that is good your mind and body.

Instead of completely transforming your diet and starting from scratch, optimise the meals you already enjoy and substitute ingredients for the healthier ones. This is a fantastic way to get started and will only give you more motivation to make more changes.

Whilst there are absolutely loads of heart-healthy ingredients to choose from, we’ve picked an infographic that introduces you to five essential starters – all with tips on how to incorporate them into your meals.

Hungry? Give your heart and health the care they deserve with this infographic by CookSmarts.

Did you know, heart disease accounts for over a third of all deaths worldwide? By improving your nutritional intake, your diet will thank you for it and help your body become more active, alert, and healthy!

Changing your diet is an amazing way to contribute to a healthy heart, and allows you to get even more creative in the kitchen.

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