Can my diet impact my heart health?
Heart failure occurs when the heart stops pumping enough blood and oxygen to support organs in your body. According to the CDC, 6.2 million adults in the United States have heart failure. While this is a serious medical condition, there are simple and effective ways to reduce your risk of heart failure, specifically with your diet.
Eating healthy foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium is the easiest way to benefit your heart health. Below is a delicious, heart-friendly recipe for your enjoyment.
Butternut Squash & White Bean Bisque
- 1 Medium to Large Butternut Squash, Halved and Seeded (or any variety of fall/winter squash)
- 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, Diced
- 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 (12-15oz) Can Low Sodium White Beans, Drained
- 3 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond or Soy Milk
- 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon Chopped Sage
- 1 Pomegranate
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil the cut sides of the squash and place cut side down onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until fork tender. Let cool.
- In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Tip in onions and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add stock, beans, nutmeg, and almond/soy milk. Bring to a light simmer, about 8-10 minutes. Scoop squash and add to soup.
- In small batches, blend soup until smooth consistency in a bar blender or Vitamix. Add sage and season to taste with Mrs. Dash if you wish. Garnish with Pomegranate seeds for extra pop of flavor and freshness.
About Heart Services at NGMC
NGMC offers Advanced Heart Failure Services to inpatients at our hospital campuses in Gainesville, Braselton and Winder. Outpatients can gain access to services through The Heart Center of NGMC in Gainesville and Braselton. To learn more about heart health, visit www.nghs.com/heart-failure-services.