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Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal

Move over, all of you run-of-the-mill breakfast foods, there’s a new taste treat in town.  In my never-ending quest for the perfect overnight oatmeal (AKA summer oatmeal) recipe, I’ve created this (not so) guilty pleasure for those of us who crave a nice thick slice of cake for breakfast, but know that’s not a great way to start off the day. Continue Reading..

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

The Mediterranean diet is making news again all over the place.  New research from three recent studies confirms what we thought – a Mediterranean-style diet is a healthy way to eat, because it can help reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and even help to preserve memory.   Continue Reading..

The Facts About Eggs and Cholesterol

With Passover and Easter upon us, my thoughts have turned to eggs!  For years, eggs have gotten a bad rap because they are high in cholesterol, and many people who follow a heart healthy diet to lower their cholesterol tend to avoid them.  But research on eggs and cholesterol suggests that they are not as unhealthy as we thought. Continue Reading..

My Favorite Roasted Salmon

 

I really like salmon, both for its flavor, and healthy omega-3 fats.  However, I don’t eat it as frequently in the winter, because I prefer to grill it, and for at least half of the year, my grill is covered with snow.  OK, maybe I exaggerate a bit, but it is hard to grill when it’s cold and dark out, and that is the case for many months of the year where I live.  When I do get  a craving for it in the winter, this recipe from Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa, is one of my favorites. Continue Reading..

Do Omega-3s Really Help Your Heart?

 

While we’re on the subject of the heart healthy diet for American Heart Month… Many people assume they should take an omega-3 or fish oil supplement to protect their heart, but a number of recent research studies on this topic aren’t so clear.   In particular, one very large study published in last fall’s  Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that omega-3 supplements had no significant effect on preventing heart attacks or strokes in study participants.  So does this mean you should scrap the pills and stop eating fish? Continue Reading..

Give Your Heart Some Love Today

Since today is all about love, and February is American Heart Month, I thought it only appropriate to write about the most important way you can show your heart a little extra love.  Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, but most of the risk factors for this disease are diet and lifestyle related, and largely preventable. The American Heart Association urges everyone to follow a Heart Healthy Diet in order to reduce your risk– but what does that mean? Continue Reading..

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