The best way to keep your heart healthy is through your diet and we have explained some of the easiest changes you can make. Heart-healthy lifestyle habits will also benefit your general wellbeing whilst reducing your risks of heart disease and lowering your cholesterol levels.

Fruit and vegetables should make up a third of our diets so you should be having at least 5 portions a day. This can be hard so why not try adding frozen vegetables to dishes? We have some great choices like Broccoli and our Baby Carrots. Always aim for a colourful plate; variety is the spice of life and with a larger variety means more of the good things like fibre, vitamins and minerals.

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Eating more fibre will also help lower your risk of heart disease, aiming for 30 grams a day from a variety of sources like Wholemeal Bread, Oats, Wholegrain Cereals, Potatoes with their skins and of course fruit and vegetables.

Cutting down on your saturated fat is always a great way to lower your cholesterol levels - using leaner cuts of meat and lower fat dairy varieties will help so try using skimmed rather than whole milk.

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Eating fish at least twice a week especially oily fish is a great way to get omega-3 into your diet, which helps protect against heart disease. Why not try our Salmon in Watercress?

As well as the importance of your diet, being more active will keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check as well as your waist! If exercise is too much for you simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift or going for a brisk ten minute walk are a great place to start, as long as you're raising your heart rate it counts as activity.

Whatever your age, making some small changes to your diet and lifestyle can really help you look after your heart and keep you fit and healthy.