Eating healthy foods will help you recover and reduce your risk of more heart problems; especially when recovering from a heart attack.
Healthy eating is easier than you think.
You can usually find all the foods you need at your local supermarket. You just need to know what foods to buy to make healthier meals.
Eating a diet low in salt and saturated fat is important if you’ve had a heart attack.
Healthy eating goals
- Eat vegetables, whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds every day.
- Choose healthier fats and oils.
- Aim for two to three serves of fish and seafood per week.
- Limit fried or baked foods, especially chips, biscuits, cakes and other baked cereal products.
- Avoid adding salt to food. Choose ‘no added salt’, ‘low-salt’ or ‘salt reduced’ foods where possible.
- Drink mainly water. Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks.
What to eat after a heart attack
- Eat plenty of vegetables (aim for five serves every day) and fresh fruit (aim for two serves every day).
- Choose wholegrain types of breads, cereal, pasta, rice and noodles.
- Select lean meat (meat trimmed of fat and poultry without skin). Limit processed meats, including sausages, and deli meats, such as salami.
- Have two to three serves (150 g) of fish and seafood every week (fresh, frozen or canned).
- Include legumes in at least two meals a week (e.g. lentils, split peas, dried or canned beans like four bean mix, or baked beans).
- Eat up to six eggs every week.
- Limit take-away foods (e.g. pastries, pies, pizza, hot chips, fried fish, hamburgers).
- Limit salty, fatty and sugary snack foods (e.g. crisps, cakes, biscuits, lollies and chocolate).
- Choose reduced fat milk, yoghurt, cheese or calcium alternatives.
- Choose healthier fats and oils for cooking, spreads, dressings and mayonnaises. Some suitable choices include canola, sunflower, soybean, olive, sesame and peanut oils.
- Snack on plain, unsalted nuts.
- Drink mainly water, and avoid sugar sweetened drinks. Choose caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea in moderation.