Walnuts for Heart Health
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Walnuts for Heart Health

Last week we talked about eating sardines as an easy, inexpensive way to get heart healthy omega 3s. If you prefer to stick with plant sources, or aren’t sure you are meeting all your needs with fish, there are nuts and seeds that your body can use to make some of the two omega 3s found in fish.

Nuts and seeds, specifically walnuts, flax and chia seeds, contain ALA, alpha linolenic acid, and your body can convert about 4-21% of the ALA you eat into the omega 3s found in fish sources, EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, docosahexaenoic acid. Ground flax is an excellent addition to oatmeal, homemade pancakes and waffles, or yogurts and smoothies. Walnuts are a hearty nut and taste great in salads, utilized as a meat substitute, or just eaten on their own with some fruit as a snack.

Try out this delicious pasta recipe from the California Walnuts. It’s a fun twist on traditional pesto.