Foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, lean meats and other proteins contribute to a healthy heart, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. In order for these foods to be healthy, they cannot be processed or cooked with sodium or trans fat.
Meats such as trimmed pork shoulder, chicken or turkey with the skin removed, and extra-lean ground beef are suitable for a heart-healthy diet, says the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Fish and shellfish are also sources of protein that help maintain heart health. Other sources of protein that are not harmful for the heart include beans, eggs and nuts. Whole grain products with wheat or other grains listed as the first ingredient also contribute to a healthy heart. Whole grain breads and pastas are healthy choices, as are barley and brown or wild rice.
Fruits and vegetable that are healthy for the heart include dark-green leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale. Other heart-healthy vegetables include broccoli and cabbage. Canned vegetables that are low in sodium, and frozen vegetables without butter or sauces, are also part of a heart-healthy diet. Fresh and unsweetened frozen fruit such as apples, bananas and peaches are also healthy choices, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.