February is a month where hearts, love, and celebrations dominate the mindset of most Americans. With hearts on the mind, you can raise awareness for heart disease — the leading cause of death in America for men and women. (Centers for Disease Control) Year round is the perfect time to celebrate eating natural foods and promote healthy choices for your consumers.
Along with a healthy lifestyle, doctors recommend eating foods that promote overall well being. Your customers are looking for transparent, clean-label brands, and heart-healthy foods to work into their diet, and at Seawind Foods, our priority is supplying you with the highest quality ingredients for you to list on the back of the package.
Check out these 10 Seawind Foods that are heart healthy, 100% natural and high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
Why we love it: Red peppers are full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps quench free radicals that can cause damage to heart cells. Lycopene gives the red bell pepper its beautiful red color and is not found in green bell peppers.
Red bell peppers also contain folate, a nutrient that can reduce homocysteine, an amino acid that, when present in high concentrations, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Red bell peppers are a particularly good choice for heart health as they are a source of potassium, vitamin A and C, and soluble fiber.
Ways to use Seawind’s red bell peppers: Soups, dressings, salads, crackers, sauces, chips.
Why we love it: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can give carrots their bright orange color. These antioxidants combat free radicals that lead to heart disease and is converted into vitamin A during digestion. They are also a good source of vitamin K, potassium, and several B-vitamins.
Ways to use Seawind’s carrots: Soups, salads, crackers, dressings, sauces, baked goods.
Why we love it: Like red bell peppers, the lycopene in tomatoes gives them their red coloring. Tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamin C and are part of a heart-healthy diet. Lycopene is proven to be effective in preventing heart disease.
Ways to use Seawind’s tomatoes: Soups, crackers, sauces, snack bars, baked goods.
Why we love it: Leafy greens like kale and spinach are so good for your heart, it’s hard to eat too much of them. They are considered heart-healthy superfoods. Both help fight inflammation and are full of vitamin A, C, K, fiber, protein, calcium, and iron.
Why we love it: Garlic contains phytochemicals that boost immunity and protect against heart disease.
Ways to use Seawind’s garlic: Crackers, soups, crackers, sauces, baked goods.
Why we love it: Green onions are not only heart healthy, their flavor profile adds umami to any product they are thrown into. Green onions are loaded with vitamin A and K. They are extremely rich in sulfur-containing phytochemicals that help prevent heart disease, cancer, and reduce cholesterol. (The Splendid Table)
Ways to use Seawind’s green onions: Crackers, soups, sauces, baked goods.
Why we love it: Potatoes are high in potassium and help your body maintain healthy blood pressure.
Ways to use Seawind’s white potatoes: Crackers, soups, sauces, baked goods.
Why we love it: Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, fiber, and potassium.
Ways to use Seawind’s sweet potatoes: Crackers, soups, sauces, baked goods.
Why we love it: Oranges are high in folate, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and choline, which are all good for your heart.
Ways to use Seawind’s orange peel: Baked goods, cereals, sauces, smoothies, bars, desserts.
Why we love it: Papaya is high in lycopene and vitamin C, can improve heart health and may help prevent heart disease.
Ways to use Seawind’s papaya: Yogurt, ice cream, baked goods, bars, desserts.
Not only will these ingredients help your consumers make healthier choices, but they’re also going to have one more reason to fall in love with your product. Contact us today for a sample of any of our heart healthy offerings.