A Guide to Delicious and Heart-Healthy Snacks

Sanford Sports is dedicated to helping athletes optimize their performance, and that includes helping them choose healthy snacks to fuel their body. In honor of Heart Month, we have simple, nutrient-dense swaps for processed snacks. These options taste good and are good for your heart.

Small changes, big impact

A heart-healthy lifestyle starts with adjusting your diet. Decreasing processed foods, added sugars and alcohol while increasing fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins will have a significant impact on your cardiovascular health.

The power of nutrient-dense snacking 

Choosing nutrient-dense snacks will fuel your heart. Instead of reaching for chips, opt for heart-friendly nuts. Swap steak for salmon to get omega-3 fatty acids that support heart health. This approach enhances the nutritional profile of your snacks, making them both delicious and beneficial.

Integrating fruits and veggies into your diet

One of the simplest ways to promote heart health is by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Save room in your cereal or oatmeal bowl for a burst of flavor with fruits like blueberries and strawberries. When cooking, add carrots, broccoli or spinach to your favorite dish for a heart-healthy meal.

Seasonal eating for heart health

In-season fruits and vegetables not only pack a nutritional punch but also come with cost benefits. You’ll find a variety of produce at your local grocery store that changes with the seasons. This ensures you receive essential nutrients throughout the year at a cheaper price compared to when these items are out of season.

Heart-healthy snack ideas to satisfy cravings

If you want to make heart-smart snacking more fun, try these combinations to keep your taste buds satisfied and your heart happy:

  • Hummus and veggies
  • Pineapple and coconut
  • Apple or banana and almond butter
  • Greek yogurt and strawberries

Smart snacking for long-term heart health

As you enjoy these heart-healthy snacks, remember that consistency is key. By making mindful choices every day, you’re not just snacking – you’re nurturing a healthier heart.

This Heart Month and beyond, Sanford Sports encourages you to choose heart-healthy snacks. From mindful swaps to nutrient-dense choices, every bite contributes to a happier heart. Small changes in your snacking habits today can lead to significant benefits for your cardiovascular well-being in the future.



Natasha Hansen
Natasha Hansen Senior Sports Dietitian
Natasha Hansen joined Sanford Sports as our Senior Sports Dietitian in November of 2023. Hansen comes to Sanford Sports from The University of Kansas where she was the Director of Performance Nutrition.
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