While it would be nice to live on chocolate for the entire month of February, be sweet to your heart and aim for a more balanced diet. "If you eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins, you can greatly reduce your heart-disease risk," says David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Yale Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut.
You probably already know that walnuts, salmon, and oatmeal help keep your ticker beating strong. So we've done some digging and found eight additional foods that also get the seal of approval from the experts. Go ahead and set that box of chocolates aside, and try one of the following heart-healthy options now.