I’ve recently been diagnosed with heart disease.
I’m only 21 and in college. So I need to go from a “what can I grab and go?” fast food diet to a heart-healthy diet asap.
My partner is all for eating healthier, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are both short on cooking time.
Are there any quick/easy meals or tips on how to have a heart-healthy diet on the go? -Kelsey
First, we’re so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! We’re totally NOT doctors, but generally-speaking, heart-healthy diets focus on lowering the amounts of fat and salt you eat.
Your easiest bet is to focus eating on whole food — not like the store, but unprocessed food basics like rice, veggies, fruits, and grains. What’s really weird about eating heart-healthy food is that it’ll actually save you a TON of money and time — whole food is really easy and cheap once you get the hang of it… and so much better for your heart!
Our best suggestion is probably just to get a rice cooker — that gives you a ton of super easy options like rice and beans, or rice with frozen veggies and soy sauce. Super cheap, super good for your heart, and super easy.
Speaking of super easy: we have a whole archive of what we call “Megan simple” recipes. See, our editor Megan can’t cook FOR SHIT, and recipes for her have to be beyond easy. Check these posts for some easy recipe ideas. This post may also be helpful: You can afford better food: 10+ ways to get more out of your grocery budget.
But we’d love to open this up to Homies: any suggestion for super easy recipes that are also heart-healthy?