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Have a heart -- or at least some heart-healthy recipes to get you back in shape before Valentine's Day. It may sound silly, but for all the work our hearts do, we often don't show them much love. After all, the heart is the one muscle that never stops pumping, even while we sleep.
This recipe has half of the sugar and butter in traditional brownie recipes, and features whole wheat flour and heart-healthy chia seeds.
American Heart Month may wrap up today but heart-healthy habits should be a year-round affair. Here are five easy food swaps that will help keep that ticker running smoothly. Heart Healthy Swap #1: Lemon juice for saltTart flavors like lemon juice and vinegar stimulate some of the same taste receptors as salt, so adding a little pucker-power to your food can be a painless way to reduce sodium.
Make this heart-healthy and satisfying fish dish for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and never worry about leftovers going bad in the fridge again!
Breakfast might just be the most important meal -- for everything from losing weight to increasing energy on the job and in the classroom -- as your mother, doctor, and everybody else has probably told you again and again. Well, not only were they right but, according to NPR's website, The Salt, new research shows that eating a healthy breakfast helps reduce the risk of heart attack. The new study, published in the journal Circulation, found that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast.
What's so wonderful about Greek cuisine? Well, it's heavy on the olive oil--Greece being in the Mediterranean and all--so you can tell yourself that "heart-healthy" makes up for "bathed in delicious, fragrant oil." It may not be a huge country, but Greece is ooooold, and its amazingly varied and deep culinary traditions reflect the wisdom of the ages.
Just look at that edamame -- so lustrous and green, it has to be good for you, right? Right. Edamame (a.k.a., soy beans) is packed, packed, packed with healthy stuff, from antioxidants and isoflavones, both of which help fight heart disease and certain cancers, to vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber (it's even got anti-inflammatory properties, which can alleviate arthritis pain).
Instead of using prepared taco seasoning packs, make your own and save a full teaspoon of salt. This recipe can be made to season beef, pork, or chicken.
Have you looked at those wooden planks stacked in the seafood section at your market and wondered how to grill salmon with them? Turns out, it's an easy way to add a smoky flavor to a simple salmon fillet. You can serve the salmon right on the plank, an eye-catching way to showcase this delicious fish that is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and high in protein and vitamin D.
If you don't enjoy salmon on a regular basis, you're missing out on one of the best foods you can add to your diet. Salmon is rich in essential Omega-3 fatty acids, the substances in fish that that promote heart health both in healthy individuals and in those who already have heart disease. In fact, Omega-3s are so good for you, the American Heart Association recommends most people eat fish twice a week. Even people who don't usually like fish find they like salmon for its flaky texture and mildly sweet flavor. Baking is one of the best ways to prepare it since it doesn't add fat as frying or sauteing does. Not sure how to bake salmon? You may be surprised by just how easy it is.
Whole-wheat flour, heart-healthy canola oil and just a tablespoon of sugar keep these tender and tasty pancakes as light in fat and calories as they are on your plate.
Friends and family will ask for this moist, delicious cake again and again. It's a low-fat dessert that gets a nutritious boost from a surprising ingredient--sweet potatoes.
Cut carbs not flavor by using turnips in place of potatoes in this creamy, low-calorie side dish that's simple enough to serve for a weeknight dinner.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are not only one of the most versatile meats you can serve your family, they're also one of the most lean and heart-healthy. One of the quickest and easiest ways to serve them is to make these delicious Chicken and Hummus Pitas for lunch or dinner. Plus, not only do you get lean protein, vegetables, and fiber, but you can serve four people for just $1.87 per serving.
Beef tenderloin and filet mignon are the most popular cuts of beef around the holidays. As indulgent as it feels, however, there's no need to feel guilty about the nutritional aspects of this festive meal. A 3-ounce serving of well-trimmed beef tenderloin (or filet mignon) has only 165 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat--about the same as a serving of roasted turkey! In fact, the majority of the fat found in beef tenderloin is monounsaturated fat--the same heart-healthy type of fat found in olive oil and almonds. Beef is also higher in iron, zinc, and selenium than poultry.
Whether you call it a crisp, crumble, brown betty, buckle, grunt, slump, pandowdy or cobbler, deep-dish fruit desserts can be enjoyed by everyone -- even family members who are watching their weight or cholesterol. This recipe for how to make peach cobbler is a heart-healthy alternative to the cobblers grandma used to make, but it stays true to the freshness and taste you expect from a homemade fruit dessert. Made with "good" fat in the form of canola oil, skim-milk and less than a cup of sugar, this dessert will please the whole family, and no one will know it's actually good for them.
More than 50 percent of Americans make some sort of New Year's resolution, and it's no surprise that eating better and losing weight are at the top of many people's list. Preparing quick and healthy recipes like Oven Roasted Salmon is a great way to keep that promise intact. Salmon is one my favorite meals to make for dinner as it's easy to prepare, cooks in no time, and is high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower the risk of heart disease.