High Blood Pressure Recipes

Having high blood pressure can be very restricting, especially when it comes to the food that you eat. It’s a known fact that food has a very big contribution to our health, whether we’re completely healthy or we have a health problem. We are what we eat, as the saying goes. For a person with hypertension, the foods that he eats can be the dictator of his life span. Based on the substances that he acquires from the foods that he ingests, he may either live longer or live shorter than he is supposed to.

Of course, no one in his right mind would want a shorter life span, and the last thing that a hypertension sufferer wants is a high blood attack after a party or a gathering. That is why it is important to keep track of the foods that you should and should not eat, avoid what’s bad, and increase the intake of what’s good. That way, you won’t have to worry about unexpected high blood attacks.

There are a lot of high blood pressure recipes that you can prepare so that you and the people who will eat with you can enjoy the meal without worrying about medical problems like hypertension. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your significant other, someone close to you, or you’re just hosting a party and you want to be cautious if some of your guests have high blood pressure, you have a lot of options about what to prepare and how to prepare them.

Firstly, foods should be cooked wither steamed, boiled, broiled, grilled, or stewed. Frying is not good for cooking food for hypertensive people, since it puts high amounts of fats and oils in the food, which are substances that aggravate hypertension. You can sauté in olive oil, but if there are other methods that can be used, try them first.

For an appetizer, you can always go with greens. Salad is a perfect appetizer that everyone loves. Grab some green leafy veggies like romaine, arugula, spinach, mustard, and mesclun. Add some sliced tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli, and olives. Sprinkle some olive oil or vinaigrette and you can have it as fresh as you desire. If you want to make it heavier, add some sliced chicken breast meat or fresh shrimp, either boiled or grilled.

For a main course, lean meat and fish are always best. Go with white fish like halibut or dory, and grill, steam, or stew them. Add a touch of vegetables and fruits, use them for added flavoring, or as garnish. Artichokes, pumpkins, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and various herbs and spices can be added to any dish to increase the flavor. Pasta is also good with vegetable sauce made of tomatoes and various spices, or white sauce with non-fat cream and cheese, mushrooms, and tuna.

Desserts have the biggest variation, since any fruit can be made into a nice dessert. Apple candies made of apples soaked in pure honey can be a very delicious treat. Banana smoothies or berry salads are also good choices for dessert. You can also make fruit salad with different fresh fruits of your choice, non-fat cream, and honey. Plain, non-fat yogurt with fresh fruits is also a delicious treat. Try mixing various fruits and experimenting on their tastes, and maybe you can think of a good dessert out of your favorite fruits.

If you’re hypertensive, it doesn’t mean you have to bear bland and dull foods for the rest of your life. You just have to know how to make them more interesting to eat and how to add some spice to your dishes, and you might enjoy a high blood pressure diet even more than an unhealthy one.