Whether you have a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease or not, it’s helpful to build new habits that support your heart. In addition to prioritizing activity, sleep and stress management, including more whole plant foods in your diet should be top of mind.

POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice is a great fridge staple. If you’re a soda drinker, try a half and half mixture of POM Wonderful and seltzer for a sweet, tart taste and the bubbles you enjoy. Every bottle of POM Wonderful has the juice of whole-pressed pomegranates and nothing else – no fillers and never any added sugar.

A balanced smoothie with POM can make a quick antioxidant rich breakfast. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can do damage to the body’s cells and 100% pomegranate juice has four times the antioxidants of green tea, on average. An eight-ounce serving also provides as much potassium as your average banana.

Pistachios are a heart-healthy snack with one serving of Wonderful pistachios containing 6 grams of plant-based protein and three grams of fiber. Plus, nearly 90% of the fats are unsaturated and they’re naturally cholesterol free. If stress levels are high, you may want to grab in-shell varieties. Cracking open pistachio shells may slow you down during snack time and help you eat more mindfully. The trio of fat fiber and protein in Wonderful pistachios may help you feel fuller for longer, too.

VeggieCraft Farms pasta is a pantry staple for any busy family. A dinner of just pasta and sauce can mean a full serving of veggies, fiber to support heart health, and plenty of protein with VeggieCraft Farms. 

Use VeggieCraft Farms Cauliflower spaghetti and add a pesto sauce. The spaghetti is simply made of lentil flour, pea flour and cauliflower flour so it packs in a good source of fiber, potassium, and protein. Another option is a pasta salad for any event or as a side dish at home during the week. Here I used the zucchini penne with some fresh veggies and a vinaigrette. You can find VeggieCraft Farms pastas at Sprouts and Acme.

Grab more recipes and tips to support your heart health at KellyJonesNutrition.com or @KellyJonesRD on social media.