Berries for the Heart!

February is American Heart Month so I thought it would be fitting to share one of my favorite salad recipes (Blackberry Peach Kale Salad) that packs a punch with vitamins and minerals, is tasty, and heart-healthy too!

The American Heart Association recommends consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables to not only add color to your diet, but vitamins and minerals that are essential to daily function.

Berries are the most colorful way to boost your heart health as they are packed with polyphenols that help prevent damage to cells to help keep you healthy. The fiber in berries is also helpful for lowering cholesterol. What more can you ask for?! Check out the recipe below -

Blackberry Peach Kale Salad

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 large peach, diced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. To toast almonds, heat them in a nonstick skillet over medium heat on the stove until lightly browned and fragrant.
  2. In a large bowl, combine kale, mint, berries, peaches, goat cheese, and almonds.
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Can be made up to a day ahead.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: 306
  • Fat: 19g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 10g

Source: August 2016, Lively Table