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6 Healthy Grilling Tips

…apart on the grill so you may be tempted to use foil. But beware. Just like cooking with aluminum cookware, foil can leach aluminum into your food and contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead of using foil, I cook fish skin side down and peel the meat off before serving. Now It's Your Turn…

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Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

…Onions — The beautiful, flavorful onion contains the flavonoid quercetin, remarkable in its prevention of LDL oxidation. There is benefit to both cooked and raw onions, but the live enzymes in raw onions make the vegetable more potent. 5. Turmeric — This bright yellow Indian spice thins your blood…

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Cooking Healthy: Peppered Rosemary Chicken

…to cooking healthy, chicken and fish are dietary mainstays at our house. Free-range chicken is a great source of protein, and to some degree, healthy fats as well. Fortunately, we have the luxury of living near several health food stores, so accessing a free-range or organic chicken for cooking healthy…

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Cooking Healthy: Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan

…for cooking healthy. Eggplant contains fiber which is important not only for healthy digestion, but is protective against heart disease. It also contains a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1 and B6, potassium, and magnesium to name a few. One of our favorite ways for cooking healthy…

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5 Heart Healthy Recipes for Cooking Healthy With Vegetables

When it comes to summer dining, it’s easy to focus on the meats you’ll be putting on the grill. But for cooking healthy you want to balance that out with a healthy serving of vegetables. At this time of year it’s easy to find a huge number of delicious fresh veggies in the grocery store and local…

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Heart Healthy Eating: Cooking Brussels Sprouts

Call us crazy, but in our family we just love cooking Brussels sprouts! These delicious “mini cabbages” are a cruciferous, low glycemic, high fiber vegetable that’s filled with valuable health perks when it comes to heart healthy eating. First off, Brussels sprouts contain important antioxidants—including…

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Cooking Healthy: Baked Winter Squash

Are you looking for a new idea for cooking healthy? Winter squash are a heart-healthy diet bonanza. They contain potassium, alpha lipoic acid, beta carotene, manganese, and vitamin A—and they’re loaded with fiber. Plus, while winter squash are so rich and delicious that they taste like they should…

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Cooking for Cancer

Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, believes that “a grounding activity such as cooking and eating well can provide more than nourishment; it can offer a huge psychological boost.” Her philosophy is consistent with that of Dr. Sinatra. He believes that you should eat fresh organically…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…exercise and it’s good for your heart and the rest of your body. 6. Oil is oil. Many patients set themselves up for potential health problems by cooking with the wrong oils, namely canola, peanut, corn, and sunflower. The problem is that these oils oxidize rapidly with heat and the resultant chemical…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition: White Bean Salad

…simmer for 1-½ hours or until tender. Drain and reserve ¼ cup cooking liquid. Mix pepper, 1 minced garlic clove, oil, mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar together with reserved cooking liquid. Add to warm beans and toss with fresh parsley. Cooks Tip: If you are in a hurry, use canned beans and flavor with…

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6 Ways to Enjoy the Health Benefits of Apples

…Oatmeal Cereal: Add a peeled, diced apple to 1/2 cup of steel cut oatmeal before preparing and sprinkle with cinnamon. It will smell like you’re cooking an apple pie—my mouth waters just thinking about it! 4. Apple Rice Medley—Over Squash: Bake your favorite squash. I like to halve a butternut squash…

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Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

…which is damaged in cooking and subject to harmful oxidation. It’s far more damaging to your heart than butter. Instead, cook with coconut oil and drizzle olive oil on salads or vegetables. If you use olive oil for cooking, choose light (not extra virgin) olive oil, and cook it on low heats. Now it’s…

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Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…oil is also the least vulnerable oil to oxidative stress and free radical formation—in fact it’s probably the safest oil to use in all types of cooking. Coconut Oil and Cholesterol What about coconut oil and your cholesterol? Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA)—not the long-chain…

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Heart-Healthy Secrets for Safe Grilling

…-Healthy Grilling * Clean Your Grill: Before cooking, make sure you remove all food particles on your grill so you avoid eating any burned skin or fat. * Choose Your Marinades Wisely: Marinades that contain vinegar or lemon juice help to speed up cooking and reduce the amount of time your meat spends…

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Heart-Healthy Diets: 6 Surprising Foods to Avoid

…controversial for numerous reasons, one of the main ones being that such crops are often engineered to withstand large doses of toxic herbicides. So, for cooking healthy with corn buy organic whenever possible, and try to support your local farmers who don't use chemicals (or use far less of them) whenever possible…

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Discussing the Effects of Microwave Oven Radiation

…Result in a loss of antioxidant compounds in vegetables and nutritional value in protein. * Create a high number of radiolytic compounds during the cooking process (these compounds are unnatural substances we know little about). From all I’ve read, little is known about what possible effects may result…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

…which is usually raised organically—so it’s not filled with antibiotics, steroids, hormones or inflammatory omega-6 fats. Q: Which is better for cooking, coconut or vegetable oil? A: The hands-down winner is coconut oil. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA)—not the long-chain fatty…

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Reducing High Blood Pressure Naturally With Asparagus

…intercept depression, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Now it's your turn: What's your favorite way to cook asparagus? You May Also Be Interested In * Here's a Video of Me Cooking Sauteed Asparagus * Heart-Healthy Nutrition, New England Style

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Spinach: A Sinatra Super Food and Apparent Crowd-Pleaser!

…Fans Of course to get all these health benefits, you have to actually eat spinach, in both raw and cooked forms. (Some nutrients, like calcium, are better absorbed when spinach is cooked, but cooking also lowers levels of health-enhancing live enzymes.) But if the positive response on Facebook is any…

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6 Holiday Gifts to Avoid or Use with Caution

…wild. That's why no matter what the FDA says, it’s impossible for me to watch the meter and believe we're safe. I prefer conventional stovetop cooking instead. 5. Cordless phones. Cordless phone bases are constantly emitting EMRs, even when they’re not in use. It’s like having a cell phone tower…

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