How To Create Heart Health Nutrition Programs Your Clients Will Love

Here are the foods and key nutrients we included in our heart health nutrition plans based on scientific evidence.

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Evita Basilio, RD Evita Basilio, RD
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Heart disease is caused by the buildup of fatty deposits, or plaques, in the walls of the coronary arteries over many years. It is the leading cause of death globally, and the most important behavioral risk factors include diet together with physical activity and other lifestyle factors.

Through targeted and personalized meal planning, health and nutrition professionals can positively impact heart health outcomes and improve the quality of life for our clients.

Heart Health Meal Planning

Effective heart health meal planning involves an understanding of macronutrients, micronutrients, and dietary patterns. That Clean Life offers a Heart Health Program and Plant-Based Heart Health Program which focus on dietary measures to help lower blood cholesterol, improve blood pressure, decrease inflammation, and reduce the risk of heart disease. These programs feature heart-healthy foods and take inspiration from recommended cardiovascular eating patterns such as the Mediterranean Diet, Portfolio Diet, and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet.

Our Heart Health Programs include a 7-day meal plan, itemized grocery list, recipes, prep guide, and supporting evidence. They can be customized based on your client’s energy needs and preferences.

Key Nutrients in Heart Health Meal Planning

Based on scientific evidence, we included the following foods and key nutrients in our heart health nutrition plans.

Less Saturated Fat & More Healthy Fats

Our programs aim for a healthy balance of fats by replacing saturated fat in the diet with plant-based fats, which is shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Our programs limit saturated fat, and the sources of saturated fat we do include come from healthier foods like coconut yogurt, nuts, seeds, and lean protein options.

In a Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is the primary source of added fat, and fish is an important protein. Our programs contain omega-3 fats from salmon and walnuts and monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil, almonds, and avocado. Almonds and almond butter are included daily in this plan as following the Portfolio Diet shows that eating five servings of nuts a week is associated with decreased cholesterol levels and coronary heart disease events. You can swap these for seeds if your client is allergic to peanuts or tree nuts.

Almonds Heart Health

High Fiber

Getting enough daily fiber is associated with lower blood pressure and reduced inflammation. This program is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to help your clients meet their fiber needs. These foods also contain naturally occurring plant sterols which can help lower cholesterol. Soluble fiber found in foods like oats, chickpeas, bananas, and berries is incorporated into the programs and has been shown to improve glycemic control and lower cholesterol levels.

Tip: Use That Clean Life's filters to easily find recipes that meet your client's macronutrient and micronutrient requirements. For example, you can filter for recipes that are low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and low in sodium.
Heart Health Filters

Low Sodium

Guidelines recommend restricting sodium to less than 2,000 milligrams per day to prevent or treat hypertension and reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. We've carefully designed these programs to meet the sodium limit, as seen from the daily nutrition totals.

Sodium Content
Tip: If cutting back on salt is a tricky change for your clients, using salt-free seasoning blends or herbs and spices can help boost flavor and ease the transition. It can take several weeks for your client's taste buds to get used to less salty foods.

Soy Protein

The Portfolio Diet has shown that including soy protein daily reduces bad cholesterol levels and improves good cholesterol levels. Our Plant-Based Heart Health Program incorporates soy protein from foods like tofu and edamame for at least one meal daily. The other meals and snacks contain high-fiber protein sources like black beans, chickpeas, and hummus.

One Pan Tofu

If you are already a member of That Clean Life, you can start creating your Heart Health Nutrition Program immediately! If you are not yet a member of That Clean Life, you can learn more and sign up here.

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