I don’t know about you, but I love food. Unfortunately food, or the excess thereof, along with eating the wrong kind of food, seems to have some pretty negative consequences to our health. Whether the problem is high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome in general, prevention of these conditions is key to enjoying continued good health, particularly good heart health. It all begins with diet. Too often, what we like to eat seems to be bad for us and most diets put these foods on the list of no-no foods.
The problem is that I’m selfish. I want it all. I want to be heart healthy and still eat the foods I love. So, here I am once again taking a stroll down the internet, hot on the trail of more heart healthy recipes that I can incorporate as a permanent part of my lifestyle of healthy eating. This week, my search took me to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) website. What I found, among other heart healthy items of interest, was the Keep the Beat, Heart Healthy Recipes booklet.
Keep the Beat, Heart Health Recipes is a 156-page booklet which is free, a price which you can’t beat in this economy. The Keep the Beat recipe collection contains more than 100 recipes, all developed with your heart health in mind. There is even a heart healthy version of an old-fashioned bread pudding, a delicacy which I’ve avoided in recent years since even the name implies that it just might not be the most low-calorie, heart healthy item on the menu! Recipe categories include the standards:
• Appetizers and Soups
• Main Dishes (Beef, Pork, Lamb and Veal, Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Pasta and Vegetarian)
• Side Dishes (Vegetables, Potatoes and Rice)
• Desserts (Cakes, Fruits, Puddings, Pies and More)
• Toppings and Salad Dressings
Please note that the main dish category contains a section devoted entirely to vegetarian main dishes. In addition, each recipe included in the collection includes information about the yield (i.e.