Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Heart Smart Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup

You know that expression “it’s a heart attack on a plate”?  Maybe it’s not a real expression, but I always say it to describe something that is full of fat other delicious things that will clog your arteries and kill you sooner rather than later.   Well this soup recipe that I’m sharing today is kind of the complete opposite.  It’s like “a heart protector in a bowl”.

I have three favorite cholesterol lowering foods – oats, beans and barley.  Sure, there are other good things to eat for heart health, but that trio contains some of the highest sources of soluble fiber, which is the kind that lowers your cholesterol.  Soluble fiber is also great for reducing your appetite because it fills you up for longer, and slows down your digestion a bit, and it helps keep your blood sugar more stable. 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..

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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