The Healthiest Snacks for Your Heart  

Air-Popped Popcorn: A high-fiber, low-calorie snack when made without butter or excessive salt. It can satisfy the urge for something crunchy and salty without harming your heart health. 

Edamame: These young soybeans are rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants, making them a great snack for heart health. They can be enjoyed warm or cold, sprinkled with a little sea salt. 

Dark Chocolate: Choose a small piece of dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids known to support heart health, but it should be eaten in moderation due to its calorie and sugar content. 

Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and other nuts are excellent for heart health. They're high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help reduce bad cholesterol levels. Just keep portions in check because nuts are calorie-dense. 

Seeds: Chia seeds, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. You can add them to yogurt or salads, or make a homemade trail mix. 

Oatmeal: A small bowl of oatmeal isn't just for breakfast. It’s high in soluble fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol. Top it with some berries or a small spoonful of nut butter for extra flavor and nutrients. 

Vegetables and Hummus: Sliced raw vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers dipped in hummus (which is rich in fiber and protein) make for a crunchy and heart-healthy snack. 

Fruit with Nut Butter: Apples or pears with a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter can be a delicious and healthy snack. The fruit provides fiber and essential nutrients, while nut butter adds protein and healthy fats. 

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