Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Curry became one of my favorite spices this past winter, largely due to this recipe!  Such a simple soup, yet so warming and comforting.  My dear friend Dayna shared it with me one chilly night as she was savoring a big bowl.  She had asked her husband-to-be to pick up some carrots on the way home, and boy did he!  Dayna's Carrots for Curried Carrot SoupSuddenly finding herself with an over-abundance of carrots at hand, she went in search of a recipe to help use them up.  She loved this recipe so much, she shared it with me as well as her blog and I’m glad she did.  It’s quick and easy to prepare and totally delicious.

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Curry is actually a blend of spices, but its main ingredient is turmeric, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.  It has long been prized for its natural, non-toxic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Nutritionally, turmeric is a great source of both iron and manganese, and a good source of vitamin B6, fiber and potassium. Continue reading

Vitamin D and your Heart

The Sunshine Vitamin!

Vitamin D and your heartMost of us have heeded the warnings to avoid sun exposure–covering ourselves with protective clothing and sunblock.  And this time of year it’s not easy to get much Vitamin D from the sun anyway, unless you live in the more southern climes.  But our bodies need Vitamin D so what are we to do?

Vitamin D is essential to our health for many reasons, and it’s important to know that low levels of Vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.  According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “a growing number of studies point to vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), strokes, and the conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and diabetes”. Continue reading

Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad with Beluga Lentils

Honey Mustard Broccoli SaladHoney Mustard Broccoli Salad with Beluga Lentils

When it’s easy to put together, light yet satisfying and delicious, plus heart healthy it’s a keeper!   And the baked sweet potato makes a perfect side.  As our diet has ventured away from the routine of a sandwich for lunch to healthier choices filled with lots of whole, unprocessed foods, this salad is perfect and one I make often!  It’s also great for a light dinner. Continue reading

Progress Report

Progress Report Progress Report Fix It Planand Dr. Crandall’s new book!

Dr. Chauncey Crandall, author of Fix It and The Simple Heart Cure, congratulates Bill on his progress to reverse his heart disease.       I’ll never forget the look on Dr. Crandall’s face as he joined us in the exam room and spotted Bill!  His expression broke into an irrepressible, ear to ear grin.  He kept saying how great he looked, patting Bill’s shoulders and back and nodding approval all the while.  “This is really good, what have you been doing?” he wanted to know.  And Bill said “Dr. Crandall, I’ve been doing exactly what you told me to do!” This had turned into a pretty good start to our review of Bill’s latest lab work.  His weight was down 20 more pounds (total 42), he’d “graduated” from cardiac rehab and was working out almost daily. Continue reading

Heart Healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Heart Healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Moist and heart healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!  Sometimes you just need something yummy and slightly sweet and these fit the bill.   This one involves a happy accident I must share because it makes such a difference in the flavor of these gems.  Preparing to make a batch last week, I’d zested the orange, but our plans suddenly Orangeschanged and I needed to do something with the fresh zest.  I know I thought!  I’ll put it in the ½ cup oil the recipe calls for and set it aside for the time being.  As circumstances would have it, it was several days before the cookie-making resumed, and now I had the most lovely, orange-infused oil!  A grand touch of serendipity.  It really punches up the orange flavor, so I highly recommend it if you can wait that long to make them.  My friend Kristy will be in town in a few days and I’m infusing oil now so I can serve these warm from the oven when she gets here.

Bill loves them as an afternoon snack with green tea, and I like to munch them for energy before a workout.  Oatmeal helps lower LDL (“lethal” cholesterol) and according to WebMD, more recent data shows it may improve your cholesterol profile by curbing small cholesterol particles and may also reduce inflammation.  Additionally, chocolate is believed to help protect your cardiovascular system because it’s rich in flavanoids.  It’s important though to choose the purest dark chocolate you can find. (The heart-healthiest dark chocolate has at least 60 percent cocoa solids.)  And nuts are good for your heart too!  Walnuts top the list because they’re found to have more antioxidants than other nuts.

Heart Healthy Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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