Heart-healthy Recipes are delicious, easy to follow and approved by Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology nutrition experts. They are divided by course, whether they meet the Go! Foods® criteria, and if they are a vegetarian option.
Recipe of the Month from Your Recipe for Wellness
Toasted Quinoa and Almond Date Balls
They’re almost too good to be true: Treats that are nutritious and naturally delicious! Quinoa and oats offer whole-grain nutrition and fiber, while hemp and chia seeds, almonds and almond butter serve up nutritious fats and protein. Medjool dates, bursting with natural sweetness, provide minerals like magnesium and a number of important B vitamins to support the respiration and metabolism of every single cell in your body. And the spices contain beneficial phytonutrients. You won’t get any of that from junkfood! Pop ‘em in your mouth and enjoy. (Developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness)
You can feel good about your heart and your waistline too: this recipe is one of our Go! Foods® recipes. Click on the Go! Foods® tab above to learn more!
All of the recipes on this page are in PDF format and open in a new window for your convenience and easy printing! Just click on the + sign to view the recipe listing.
(V) - Recipes with (V) denote a vegan option.
Having a party? These heart-healthy appetizers are tasty options for entertaining or just snacking!
Breakfast is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. Start your day with a high-fiber and/or high-protein breakfast to give you energy, keep you satisfied and decrease your risk of heart disease.
These healthy and satisfying salads are good for your heart, include nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits, and are part of the Mediterranean diet.
Soup is a comfort food, and these heart-healthy recipes will warm you and your family through the winter cold. They are easy to make and great to eat all year round. Soup is also a great choice to prepare for future meals. Make extra and freeze it!
These heart-healthy recipes include new twists on traditional recipes and some flavorful, creative side dishes. .Explore new ways to compliment your main course.
Main course recipes are divided into beef, poultry, pork and vegetarian to give you many options. These delicious dishes are heart-healthy and sure to please your family
You don’t have to “cheat” to be satisfied. These heart-healthy recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth without all the sugar and fat in many traditional desserts.
Looking for a refreshing drink for a snack or breakfast? – Whip up one of these heart-healthy smoothies!
Sauces and Dressing
Our heart-healthy sauce and dressing recipes will add some great flavor to your dishes!
Cleveland Clinic is committed to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being. Eating well is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Scientific evidence that links eating habits to increased risk of certain diseases and conditions proves that “you are what you eat.”
That’s why Cleveland Clinic dietitians and wellness experts developed Go! Foods® – to give you the green light so you’re sure you’re making the healthiest food selections. Our nutrition experts certify that foods carrying the Go! Foods® label meet national nutritional guidelines. Cleveland Clinic’s Go! Foods® program makes it easier to find the most healthy food choices.
All Go! Foods® meet these nutritional criteria:
- Minimal Saturated Fat: less than 4 grams for main dishes; less than 2 grams for side dishes, soups and desserts
Reason: Saturated fats "harden" arteries and cause high LDL cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers
- No Trans Fat
Reason: Trans fat has no redeeming qualities! It increases bad LDL cholesterol and decreases good HDL cholesterol, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Minimal Added Sugars and Syrups: less than 4 grams for main dishes and desserts; less than 2 grams for side dishes and soups
Reason: Adding sugar adds empty calories and causes blood sugar to fluctuate.
- 100% Whole Grain
Reason: Whole grains are a vital source of fiber. Fiber has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers, maintain blood sugar and insulin levels, assist with regular bowel movements and keep you feeling fuller longer.
- Minimal Sodium: No more than 600 mg in entrees; 480 mg in sides and desserts
Reason: High sodium intake is associated with high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and worsening of kidney disease, heart failure and other conditions.
Additional Programs and Resources
At Cleveland Clinic, we care about your health. We’ve dedicated our new 5 to Go!™ Program to you — the students and families in our community. Our goal is simple: healthy living, inside and out, for everyone. To achieve it, Cleveland Clinic experts will help you count down to wellness. Look for details on our upcoming school programming — and watch your child take the right steps toward wellness.
- Go! Healthy™ for You
Based on the principles of the ancient Mediterranean diet, Go! Healthy™ for You is an expert-guided online program designed by the wellness team at the world-famous Cleveland Clinic. In eight weeks, you’ll learn how to change your life — one small step at a time — by changing what and how you eat. So don’t go on another diet. Learn how to eat right with GO! Foods® for You. You’ll feel better, look better and be healthier!
“The more closely you adhere to the Mediterranean diet, the lower your chance of having disease or disability, the lower your chance of having a health event like a heart attack, and the younger your RealAge. So while you’re enjoying delicious foods such as grilled fish or a tomato and cucumber salad, you’ll know that you’re making yourself younger.”
~ Michael F. Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute