According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.5% of men 20 years and older are obese and 32.6% have high blood pressure or are taking some kind of prescription for hypertension.
Combatting high blood pressure isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
According to Express, you could actually significant lower your risk of developing hypertension and other serious high blood pressure issues by simply eating more fruits and vegetables.
“Eating more fruit and vegetables has been proven to help lower blood pressure,” said a spokesperson for UK Blood Pressure. “Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep your body in good condition. They also contain potassium, which helps balance out the negative effects of salt. This has a direct effect on your blood pressure, helping to lower it.”
Though simply eating more fruits and veggies can tremendously help, that can feel a little bland after a while. Thankfully, there are heart-healthy meals that not only taste delicious, but improve with hypertension, as well. Additionally, these meals can be created right from your own home. All you need is the following to cook chicken with sweet and sour onions:
- 4 skinless chicken breasts
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 5 red onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 3 ounces of raisins
- 1 ounce of lightly toasted pine nuts
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Tender stem broccoli
Start by slicing the chicken breasts in half lengthways using a sharp knife. Then, spread each piece of chicken and beat them with a rolling pin until they are thin. Next, you’ll lightly brush some police oil onto the chicken, add the onions, and cook over a gentle heat for approximately 30 minutes. As you add the sugar, raisins, and vinegar, continue to stir everything occasionally and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
In addition to the chicken served with sweet and sour onions, butternut squash with spinach curry and even muffins can offer plenty of nutritional benefits and help combat hypertension.
Don’t take your health or your food for granted — start taking better care of your body by taking better care of your meals!