One of the best secrets I know of for sticking to a heart-healthy diet is to vary your menu.
Trying different dishes helps to ensure that you’ll eat a wide variety of heart-healthy foods—from salmon
, to olive oil
, kale, and more. Plus, by keeping your menu varied you’ll be less likely to reach for unhealthy foods.
Since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be a good time to launch the Best Heart Health Diet Recipe Challenge.
How does the Best Heart Health Diet Recipe Challenge work?
• Submit your favorite original heart healthy recipes by March 28, 2014 to email@example.com. Make sure your subject line says “Recipe Challenge.”
• To ensure that your recipe is heart-healthy, it should be very low in sugar and simple carbohydrates.
Instead, it should contain one (or more) of the following: heart-healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.), heart-healthy proteins (salmon, range-fed beef, etc.), and/or slow-burning, low-glycemic index vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and more. But you're certainly not limited to these ingredients. For more nutrition tips, see my Pan-Asian Mediterranean Diet
• You can submit as many heart-healthy recipes as you’d like
—and they can be for main dishes, vegetables, snacks, soups, heart-healthy desserts, or whatever you choose. For inspiration, see my top-recommended super-foods
• What will you receive for taking the Best Heart Health Diet Recipe Challenge?
I will feature a variety of the recipes I receive on my blog and website at drsinatra.com
—giving you credit for the recipes by giving your first name and the first initial of your last name. Then, if I receive enough recipes, I will create a cookbook of all of the recipes for my Facebook fans to download free. I'll even add my favorite recipes from my kitchen. You can think of it as an “online recipe exchange.”
So, let’s get cooking! I can't wait to receive your recipes.
Now it's your turn: What's your favorite heart-healthy dish to make?
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