The Best Diet Plan for A-Fib

 A-Fib Heart Healthy Diet Recipes

I’m finding a small percentage of doctors saying that they should be focusing more on prevention. Anyone with A-Fib or heart disease knows that diet is essential to maintaining good health. I have been known to write about certain foods to avoid and which ones to eat in my other articles, but now I have discovered a need for finding The Best Diet Plan for A-Fib Prevention.

For those of you that don’t know what A-Fib or (Atrial Fibrillation, AF) is, I’ll give you a brief description and highlighted resource link to learn more. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots in the heart.

A-fib increases the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly or out of sync with the lower chambers, the ventricles, of the heart.

 Recipes That Focus on A-Fib Diets

A-Fib Heart Healthy Diet Recipes

When you Have A-fib, certain foods can trigger an episode, it’s different with everyone so try keeping a log on what food reactions you get. That is why I’m pledging to share new recipes on this website. You’ll find several A-Fib heart healthy Diet recipes on each page to choose from, or choose them all and copy them.

I’m putting together, free recipes for A-Fib diet plans. I want to make it as easy as possible for you to replicate and enjoy heart healthy meals. Read more about A-Fib Diets and how foods can help symptoms.

Why Atrial Fibrillation Patients Require, a Special Diet

Some foods can make you ill if you have Atrial Fibrillation. Processed foods for one, Ultra Processed for two and there is a direct link from Ultra Processed food to cardiovascular disease. Ultra-processed foods are foods and drink products that have undergone specified types of food processing, usually by transnational and other very large corporations.

These foods are designed to be convenient, eaten on the go, hyper palatable and appealing to consumers. Most importantly, the most profitable segment of big food companies ‘portfolios because of these foods’ low-cost ingredients. There is a direct link from Utra-Processed food and cardiovascular disease, read more at www.my-heart-health.com

Studies of Increased Risk of Strokes From Processed Foods

A study of 105,159 French adults followed for 10 years, found that a 10 percent increase in processed foods was associated with a 12 percent increase in heart disease.

A 13 percent increased risk for heart attack and an 11 percent increased risk of for strokes. An increase in unprocessed foods were associated with the marked reduction in all the diseases.

(Eat Heart Healthy and Take Control of Your A-Fib!)

The Benefits of Adding Sides

Extra Benefits in Nutrition to Add to Your Meal

Sweet Spicey Edamame

Sweet Spicy Edamame
Sweet Spicy Edamame

Ingredients

Servings 4 Serving Size 1/2 cup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia sweetenerOR
  • 1 stevia sweetener packet
  • 10 drops clear-flavored liquid stevia sweetener
  • 2 cups frozen, shelled edamame (green soybeans)OR
  • 4 1/2 cups frozen edamame pods
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (lowest sodium available)
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated, peeled ginger root
  • 1 medium garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon plain rice vinegar

Directions

Put the water, stevia sweetener, and liquid stevia sweetener in a medium saucepan. Stir together. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the edamame. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain the edamame in a colander, discarding the water mixture. Set aside.

  1. In the same saucepan, heat the soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil, ginger root, garlic, and pepper over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the edamame, tossing to coat.
  2. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the edamame. Calories136 Per Serving Protein11g Per Serving

    Fiber

    4g Per Serving

  3. Note: Just eat the beans not the skin

(One Of The Best Diet Plans for Atrial Fibrillation Prevention is still the Mediterranean Diet)

Substitutes That Are Heart Healthy

Better Nutrition When using Substitutes

  • Substitute ice cream for yogurt in your smoothie
  • Use avocado oil instead of butter when cooking
  • Instead of milk you can substitute it for almond milk
  • You can get good benefits from drinking coconut water to stay hydrated
  • Try 1 cup of yogurt instead of 1 cup of sour cream, in sweet recipes
  • Substitute 1 whole egg for 2 egg yolks + 1 TBLSP water when baking

Use a Frozen Bag of your Favorite Fruit for Smoothies

Ingredients

For this smoothie recipe, I put 1/4 of a bag of my favorite frozen mixed fruit in the blender, usually 2 scoops of ice cream or yogurt, I chop 2 bananas and add some fresh pineapple if I have it on hand. You can slice a fresh apple and add blueberries and cherries to the mix.

Blueberry, Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
Blueberry, Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Blend

Then I add yogurt and apple juice. (The frozen fruit acts as the ice cubes, just let them set out for 5 minutes before using).You can add  coconut water, pineapple juice, whatever flavor you desire.

You can always put in spinach, cinnamon, kale or any green you’ve been missing from your diet. Enjoy!

Greek Frittata with Spinach Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

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Heart Healthy Meal

Slow Cooker Size/Shape: 3- to 4 1/2-quart round (preferred) or oval

Slow Cooking Time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours on low

Ingredients

Servings 6 Serving Size 1 wedge per serving

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crumbled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed until very dry
  • 1/2 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, drained, patted dry, and chopped
  • 3 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 small thinly sliced green onions

Directions

  1. Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook, covered, on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until set (the frittata doesn’t jiggle when the slow cooker is gently shaken). Using a wide spatula, gently lift the frittata out of the slow cooker. Transfer to a cutting board. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Calories

121 Per Serving

Protein

11g Per Serving

Fiber

2g Per Serving

Beef Stew with Fresh Mango

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Heart Healthy

Servings 6 Serving Size

1 cup stew and ½ cup couscous

Stew Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean stew meat (1-inch cubes), all visible fat discarded
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 6 wedges)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (lowest sodium available)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked, whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, low-sodium beef broth (or)OR
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 medium mango (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. In the slow cooker, stir together the beef, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook, covered, on low for 8 to 9 hours or on high for 5 to 5 1/2 hours, or until the beef is tender.
  2. About 10 minutes before serving time, prepare the couscous using the package directions, omitting the salt and substituting the broth for the water. Spoon into bowls. Ladle the stew onto the couscous. Top with the mango and cilantro.

Calories

395 Per Serving

Protein

30g Per Serving

Fiber

8g Per Serving

Bulgogi Korean Beef Barbecue

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Heart Healthy

Bulgogi Korean Beef Barbecue

This dish is traditionally cooked at the table on a grill that looks like an overturned shallow bowl set on a portable stove. However, don’t let the lack of a Korean grill stop you from trying it. You can use an outdoor grill or the stove top. Just be certain that whatever cooking method you use that it’s well heated before the beef is added.

To complete the meal, serve with a whole grain and a vegetable, such as steamed brown rice and steamed broccoli (both pictured but not included in the nutritional information).

Ingredients

Marinade Ingredients

  • 1 medium green onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and grated Asian or Bosc pear
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry sherry, rice wine or mirin (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (lowest sodium available)OR
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (lowest sodium available)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce (lowest sodium available)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger root (grated, peeled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of red hot-pepper sauce, or to taste (optional)

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  • 1 pound boneless top sirloin steak, all visible fat discarded, cut across the grain into strips about 1/8 inch wide

Garnishes (optional)

  • 1 medium green onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (dry-roasted)

Directions

  1. In a large glass dish, stir together the marinade ingredients until the sugar is dissolved. Add the beef, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour, turning several times. Drain the beef, discarding the marinade.
  2. Preheat the grill on high or heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Quickly arrange the beef in a single layer. Cook for about 1 minute on each side, or until the desired doneness. Turn over the beef only once or it will become dry and tough.
  3. Top with the green onions. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Quick Tips

Tip: For easier slicing, first put the raw beef in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

130 Per Serving

Protein

21g Per Serving

Fiber

0g Per Serving

Resources for Heart Healthy Diets
Food portions size can help you shape up your diet as well as your heart and waistline. Eating low calorie nutrient foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Eat smaller amounts of high calorie, high sodium foods, such as refined, processed or fast foods.

MAYO CLINIC

CLEVELAND CLINIC

Conclusion

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Wishing you all the best,

Sherry

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